Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Karen Schepers was last seen on April 16, 1983 in Carpentersville. Karen had just received her $1,200 tax return, which she put in the bank. The Elgin woman had recently paid off her car, meaning she had virtually no debt. And she just earned a promotion as a computer programmer.
Karen and about 20 of her co-workers at Visa in Elgin went out that Friday night at P.M. Bentley's, a bar in Carpentersville. Schepers called her fiance from the bar, and asked him to come out with her co-workers. But he declined, saying he had to get up early the next day.
Karen was last seen at the bar about 1:30 a.m., but no one remembers seeing her leave or get into her car. She was never heard from again.
Her fiance reported her missing on Monday after she didn't answer his calls that weekend and failed to show up at work. Elgin police first focused the investigation on her fiance, but he later passed a lie detector test.
Schepers vehicle was never found. She was driving a 1980 Toyota yellow in color, having IL registration XP8919. Her bank accounts were untouched; no one has used her Social Security number.
The case went cold in 1984 when leads dried up, suspects were ruled out, and aerial and underwater searches came up empty. Authorities reopened it in the late 1990s with no results.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Elgin Police Department
The Daily Herald