Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Vernette was last seen by her estranged husband, Bruce Wester, at 1024 s Parkside Road in Tempe, AZ. Bruce claims Vernette left the home to continue her errands. Vernette Wester is described as a devoted mother of five. She had been running errands on Thursday, November 22, 1985, in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday. Right before her disappearance she had filed for divorce. The estranged couple had been in court over custody of their youngest child and received joint custody. However, Vernette had a court order against Wester. Police said Wester has not cooperated with investigations.
Vernette's vehicle was found less than three blocks from the Tempe address, five days after her disappearance. There was no indication of a struggle and while Vernette's purse and keys were missing, she had left behind her errand list and recently purchased gifts. Also the pillow that Vernette sat upon was moved out of the drivers seat and onto the passenger seat of the vehicle. Neighbors in the area reported the car had not moved for days.
Before a new witness came forward with information leading police to Wester's home, police believed a shoe store in Tempe was the last place Vernette had been seen. No evidence was ever found and no one was ever charged for the crime. About 10 years following Vernette's disappearance, a judge declared her officially dead after the family petitioned for it.
Family and friends have not seen or heard from her since. Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Phoenix Police Department