Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Frances Kiefer was last seen at her home on South Hoffert Street on March 22, 1994. Her husband, Thomas Kiefer, left her in bed to go shower for work and when he came out she was gone, along with her car. Kiefer reported his wife missing to Fountain Hill police. Her medicine was gone and perhaps a jacket or two, but nothing else.
Her car was found parked illegally near Saucon Park in Bethlehem. The driver's seat was pushed too far back for Kiefer to drive. She has not been heard from since.
She had been ill for 18 months before her disappearance, with Fibromyalgia, a chronic disease that made her unable to function.
Brian D. Steckel confessed to killing Frances Kiefer. Steckel mailed a confession to Fountain Hill police claiming responsibility for the abduction and murder of Frances, Steckel's former neighbor. Steckel was living in Delaware at the time, but he says he killed Kiefer on one of his many return visits. However, Steckel has laid claim to other crimes he could not have committed, and investigators later ruled his confession as false.
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