Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Stefanie dropped her youngest son off at his babysitter's home in Lakin, Kansas at approximately 9:15 AM on February 28, 2001. Authorities believe that she drove back to the mobile home she was preparing to vacate shortly afterwards. Stefanie may have returned to the property to remove some of her personal belongings. She has never been heard from again.
Stefanie was engaged to Roy Moore in early 2001. She was driving his silver 1990 Mazda 626 at the time of her disappearance. Moore's vehicle was discovered abandoned in the driveway of a mobile home park in southeast Lakin at approximately 11:00 AM. Witnesses said that an unidentified man dressed in black walked away from the car shortly afterwards. Authorities do not believe Stefanie knew anyone inside the park and theorize that someone else drove Moore's car to the location. Her jacket and wallet containing $500 were discovered on the front seat of the vehicle. The wheel wells were covered in snow and mud and someone drove the car an unspecified distance before parking it in the driveway.
Moore picked up Stefanie's son from the babysitter's home after she failed to return by 6:00 PM. He learned that his vehicle had been abandoned earlier in the day after reporting Stefanie's disappearance later during the evening.
An extensive search of the area produced no clues as to Stefanie's whereabouts.
Stefanie was in the process of divorcing her husband, Brian Welch, at the time of her disappearance. He has since been awarded custody of their two sons. Brian claimed that they were attempting a reconcilation in early 2001. He said that Stefanie did not intend to marry Moore, although the latter claimed she was planning a July 2001 wedding. Stefanie's case was reclassified as a probable homicide in February 2002. There have not been any arrests in connection with her disappearance.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Kearny County Sheriff's Office
Kansas Bureau Of Investigation
The Garden City Telegram
Kansas Crime Stoppers
The Dodge City Daily Globe