North American Missing Persons Network
Veronica Lenhart Safranski

Above Image: Safranski, circa 1996

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 26, 1996 from Warren, Marshall County, Minnesota
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 13, 1956
  • Age: 40
  • Height: 5'3"-5'4"
  • Weight: 105-110 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears.
  • Clothing: "Pocahontas" costume.
  • Jewelry: Mary Kay ring with diamonds in the
    shape of the letter "S".
  • AKA: "Voni"; "Veronica Lenhart-Safranski"
  • Case Number: 96-1548

  • Details of Disappearance
    Safranski attended a Halloween costume party with a friend at Mick's Bar and Grill in Warren, Minnesota on October 26, 1996. A photo of the restaurant is posted below this case summary. Safranski's friend was unable to locate her inside the establishment at approximately 12:30 a.m. Witnesses told authorities that Safranski and Kevin Skjerven were seen together around the same time. They departed from the restaurant in his black 1997 Dodge Power Wagon pickup truck with Oregon license plates.

    Safranski was reported as a missing person later during the day. In late 1996, a belt believed to be part of her costume was found along a country road half a mile south of the crossing of Marshall County roads 8 and 6. An extensive search of the area failed to produce additional evidence as to her whereabouts.

    Investigators said that Skjerven has a history of sexual assault convictions. He admitted that he departed from Mick's Bar and Grill with Safranski, but claimed that he did not know what happened to her afterwards. Skjerven has never been charged in connection with her disappearance. He was released from prison on unrelated charges in 2002.

    Authorities said that there are many wooded areas in Marshall County where Safranski's remains could be easily concealed. Her body has never been located. Safranski resided in Argyle, Minnesota at the time of her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.

    Mick's Bar and Grill
    Above Image: Mick's Bar and Grill

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Marshall County Sheriff's Office
    (218) 745-5411

    Source Information
    Minnesota Department Of Public Safety
    Minnesota Public Radio
    The Grand Forks Herald