Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Robert Lepsy was last seen as he left his place of employment, Grayling Glen's Market, in Grayling at mid afternoon for lunch on October 29, 1969. On the day he disappeared, he called his wife, Jackie, around lunch time and told her he was going to go for a ride in his company-owned car. Robert Lepsy was a grocery store manager, husband and father of four. He called the assistant manager later that afternoon, and said he would not be returning to work. That was the last time anyone heard from Lepsy.
His car was found by his wife and a friend, abandoned in the Cherry Capital Airport parking lot in Traverse City, Michigan three days later, with the doors unlocked, the keys in the ignition, and his cigarettes left on the dashboard. He took nothing with him but the clothes on his back.
The safe at the Glen's Market was found jammed shut after Lepsy disappeared. C. Glen Catt, the founder of Glen's Market, had a locksmith called in and an audit determined that $2,000 was missing from the safe. An airport employee told the Michigan State Police that a person fitting Lepsy's description purchased a ticket to travel to Mexico.
Both the Grayling Police Department and the Michigan State Police worked together on the Lepsy case, but they ultimately concluded that Mr. Lepsy voluntarily left on his own accord, and that this was not a missing persons case, so not a large effort was made to find Lepsy. While the days and months passed, the family continued to wait for the phone to ring, or look for Dick Lepsy to walk through the front door, but he never did. Despite his family's continued campaign to find answers, no new information ever came to light about Dick Lepsy. Lepsy was declared legally dead in 1976.
The case was reopened in 2011.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Grayling City Police Department
Crawford County Avalanche