Andrea “Fish” Altiery was twenty-four years old when she was last seen on December 2, 1981 while en route to a late night photo shoot with an unidentified male at Anchorage, Alaska’s Boniface Mall.
While no body has ever been located, the prevailing theory is that Andrea was murdered by serial killer Robert Hansen. Hansen, dubbed “The Butcher Baker” was sentenced in 1984 for taking the lives of seventeen women, the majority of whom were prostitutes or dancers. The exact number of women that he raped and/or murdered is unknown.
Andrea, who danced under the stage name “Enchantment,” would have been directly in Hansen’s line of fire at the height of his spree. Among the other trophies Hansen collected from his victims was Andrea’s custom-made fish necklace.
The last reported sighting of Kelly (Keli) Kay McGinnis was on June 28, 1983 around 7:30 p.m. in the vicinity of the Three Bears Motel in Des Moines, Washington. While Kelly’s remains have never been recovered, serial killer Gary Ridgway (of the Green River murders) claimed responsibility for viciously snuffing out her brief life.
Marie “Marliz” Spannhake had only been living in Chico, California for a month or so, having relocated from Cleveland, Ohio in December 1975. The nineteen-year-old was poised for a new beginning far from her hometown, employed as a part-time model at a camera shop while cohabitating with her fiance, John Baruth.
On January 31, 1976 Marie and John visited an indoor flea market and at some point an argument ensued. Marie left her partner on foot from the Eagles Hall, but being unfamiliar with the area would have to rely on the kindness of strangers for directions.
John reported her disappearance to authorities on February 2 when she failed to return home. Her personal belongings were untouched, making it unlikely that she packed up and moved out after the incident at the flea market.
Charges were never filed in connection with Marie’s disappearance despite a confession from a woman claiming she and her husband murdered the young woman and disposed of her remains.
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While most missing persons cases I’ve read so far belong to people who present complete mysteries, there are some known to have met with a tragic demise and the only missing puzzle piece is the location of the physical shell left behind.
Such is the case of 16-year-old Lucinda “Cindy” Lynn Schaefer, who disappeared on June 24, 1979 while walking home from St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Torrance, California.