Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Amber Hoopes was last seen by her grandparents in their residence in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on September 14, 2001. Amberís grandparents, Norris and Kathleen Burgener, own and operate Classic Auto Collision Center on Lincoln Road. Amber lived with Norris and Kathleen and was abducted from the familyís home adjacent to the auto shop. On the night she disappeared, Amber used the computer in the shop and then told her grandparents ďgood nightĒ just after 10 p.m. and went to her room.
At approximately 1:30 a.m., her grandmother woke up and found the television and lights were on in Amber's bedroom, but she was no longer inside. Her personal belongings were still in the room.
Katherine woke Norris and together they searched the house and shop but found no sign of Amber. During the search of the shop, they discovered the company truck was missing. They called the bag phone in the truck, but got no answer and immediately notified police. The truck was later found within two miles of the shop on Lincoln Road.
Keith Glenn Hescock, a tool salesman, has been investigated for possible involvement in Hoopes's case, and also the 1993 disappearance of Stephanie Lyn Crane. Hescock kidnapped a fourteen-year-old girl in June 2002. She escaped from him and he committed suicide, following a shootout with police, nine months after Hoopes disappeared.
Hescock had worked for the Hoopes family, and the family suspected that Hescock was responsible for Amberís disappearance as soon as she was found missing.
Hescock had been employed as a painter at the auto shop.
His neighbor says he was in Challis, Idaho the weekend Crane disappeared from that location. He also owned a yellow pickup truck similar to the one that may be connected to Crane's case. Authorities have not been able to link him to either disappearance, however. Similarities between Amberís case and that of the 14-year-old girl who escaped from Hescockís home indicate that Hescock was responsible for her disappearance, but with no body and little physical evidence, the case is still considered an active investigation.
Amber worked as a nanny and was especially close to her younger sister. Amber was described as funny, silly and devoted to the children she cared for. She was also an accomplished singer. Amber sang with the Sunshine Singers from the time she was four and was a member of the Bonneville Bonavaires. She was extremely shy and didnít like to go anywhere by herself.
Dozens of employees, relatives, friends and members of the community searched the area around Lincoln Road and the foothills surrounding Bonneville County for weeks, but Amberís body was never recovered.
Idaho State Police
Idaho State Journal