Missing college students

A list of MPs who were undergraduates in college when they disappeared. In no particular order, and with the usual caveat that I inevitably missed some.

This is quite long.

From four-year colleges and universities:
Kristine Smart, Cal Poly
Michael Negrete, UCLA
Anthony Lobdell, Wabash College (but studying abroad Universidad Nacional de Cuyo in Argentina)
Suzanne Rene Richerson, Texas A&M
Margaret Hayes, Indiana University
Maura Murray, UMass-Amherst
Joshua Guimond, St. John’s University
Hyun Jong “Cindy” Song, Penn State
Tricia Reitler, Indiana Wesleyan
Judy Martins, Kent State
Matthew Pendergrast, Rhodes College
Carmine Gargano, Pace University
Donna Gail Manson, Evergreen State College (I was accepted there when I was 17, btw and gave serious thought to attending. Oddly enough, my roommate at the college I wound up going to had also been accepted at Evergreen — and neither of us lived within a thousand miles of it! I first heard of the place from Ann Rule’s book about Ted Bundy and her account of Donna’s disappearance.)
Suzanne Lyall, SUNY–Albany
Karen Wilson, SUNY–Albany
Matthew Mullaney, Fairfield University (but studying abroad at the Angell Academy of Art in Italy)
Molly Dattilo, Eastern Kentucky University (and taking summer classes at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, aka IUPUI)
Kelli Cox, University of North Texas
Shelton Sanders, University of South Carolina
Steven Chait, Columbia University
Andrzej Slota, City College of New York
Henry Baltimore, Michigan State University
Paula Welden, Bennington College
Kyle Clinkscales, Auburn University
Georgeann Hawkins, University of Washington
Jonathan Berry, Brigham Young University
Jason Knapp, Clemson University
Simon Owen, Texas Wesleyan University
Vicke Lamberton, Assumption College
Angel Torres, Framington State University
Kemberly Ramer, University of South Alabama
Tracy Evans Hill, Kent State
Hiroko Nemoto, Michigan State University
Andrea Hayslette, Coastal Carolina University
Marcus Daniel, University of Missouri
Syam Mantrala, University of Houston
Mario Saavedra, Jersey City State College
Jon Stewart Campbell, Humboldt State University
Michael Larry Madden, Humboldt State University
Andrew Karis, Carnegie Mellon University
Stefanie Stroh, Reed College
Jens Paeschke, University of Dortmund (in Germany)
Alice Mae Sullivan, Tennessee State
Gordon Lopez, Reed College
Maria Kimbrell, Sam Houston State University
Dat Tran, UCSD
Donald Lee Izzett, Frostburg State University
Holly Bobo, University of Tennessee
Donna Jou, San Diego State University
Tyler Thomas, Peru State College
Robert Curtis Coe, University of Texas
Douglas Rubin, SUNY–Albany
Lara Lykiardopoulos, University of San Francisco
Petra Muhammad, SUNY–Orange
Daniel Mazilu, University of Akron
Jessica O’Grady, University of Nebraska
Katherine O’Neil Anderson, University of Maryland
Donald Lewis Johnson, Tennessee State University
Jennifer Casper-Ross, University of Nevada–Reno
Tynesha Stewart, Texas A&M
Nathaniel Williams, University of Minnesota–Morris
Krista Lueth, Michigan State University
Lorne Landeen, University of Arizona
Siphat Chau, University of Maine–Orono
Stephan Adams, Northeastern State University
Shelley Sikes, University of Texas
Virginia Wood, Appalachian State University
Marion Grant Watts, Louisiana State
Jonathan Dorey, University of the West of England (studying abroad at Virginia Commonwealth University)
Edgar Orlando Forbes, University of West Florida
Russell Bovit, Lyndon State College
Khymbrly Scruggs, Cal State-Sacramento
Brandy Christiansen, Montana Tech
Mark Cajski, University of Hawaii–Hilo
Daphne Philisia Jones, University of New Orleans
Douglas Stephen Simmons, University of Western Florida
John Baptiste Reamer, Carroll College
Christina Voltaire, Keiser University
Shannon Melendi, Emory University
Neo Babson Maximus aka Charlie Allen, University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth
Jennifer Schmidt, Purdue University
Marizela Perez, University of Washington
Radford University
Christine Lindsey Walters, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (though she had taken a semester off)
Amber Lynn Wilde, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Torey Clarke Newin, Colorado State University
Daniel Lee Cho, UCSD
Shari Renae Booth, Walla Wall University
Alexis Dillard, University of Kansas
Yim Yeung Tsui, SUNY–Stony Brook
Marcy Jo Andrews, Northeastern Illinois University (in the process of transferring to a community college in another state though)
Jon Truscott Hayes, University of Colorado (I don’t think classes had begun yet for him but he was registered as a freshman)
Ruth Baumgardner, Ohio Wesleyan University
Athena Joy Curry, University of Phoenix
Matthew Ferris, Iowa State
Tiffany Sessions, University of Florida
Jesse Warren Ross, University of Missouri–Kansas City
Ruthie Fawn Kindness, California State University–Northridge
Alicia Stokes, John F. Kennedy University (she’d taken a semester off though)
Robin Kerry University of Missouri–St. Louis
Earnest Edward Francis, Colorado Tech University
Wook Kim, University of Wisconsin
Rohan Brown, SUNY-Albany
Fabian Del Rosario, University of Colorado
Sidney Riggs, Lander University
Angela Hartmann, Lady Eaton College of Trent University
Tara Calico, University of New Mexico
Angela Marie Hammond, Central Missouri State University
Michael McLaughlin, Syracuse University (taking a semester off)
Nicholas Zizzamia, Villanova University
Barbara Bockwith, University of West Florida
Benita Spears, Indiana University
Michael Pierce Madden, Western Washington University
Diane Suzuki, University of Hawaii–Manoa
Twila Star Houston, University of Hawaii–Hilo
Mark Randall Davis, Texas A&M
Jessica Cain, Sam Houston State University (classes hadn’t started yet but she was enrolled)
Yorck Woita, Hawaii Pacific University
Kristine Kupka, Baruch College
Lynne Schulze, Middlebury College
Cassandra Hailey, Christopher Newport College (now a university)
Ian Hunter Burnet, Virginia Commonwealth University
Sylvia Lwowski, Wagner College
Scott Hilbert, Morehead State University
Shahzaade Akuaoni Lofton, Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology

From community (that is, two-year) colleges
Zebb Quinn, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Elizabeth Campbell, Central Texas College
Michael Mansfield, Lincoln College
Jeannette Kamahele, Santa Rosa Junior College
Robin Graham, Pierce College
Ryan Kemp, Lehigh County Community College
Stacy Pennant, Queensborough Community College
Michelle Crawford, an unspecified community college
Barbara Hilton, Lake Land College
Rachel Louise Cooke, Mesa Junior College
Jackson Miller, DeAnza College
Sandra Hopler, Keystone Junior College
Heidi Marie Allen, Onandaga Community College
Jacob Cabinaw, Northwestern Michigan College
Charlene Villinger, Tidewater Community College
Jacob Thurston, Seattle Community College
Jose Coria Jr., Allan Hancock College
Barbara Joy Gallagher, Umpqua Community College
Elizabeth Lande, Philadelphia Community College
Dena McHan, San Joaquin Delta College
Austin Smith, Citrus College
Brian Sullivan, Monroe Community College
Zita Gutierrez, Montgomery College
David Jaramillo, Salt Lake City Community College
Artdrunetta Lareann Hobbs, Atlanta Technical College
Richard Anthony Keppi, Santa Barbara City College
Mildred Barrett, Rancho Santiago College
Augustine Floyd, Northwestern Michigan College
Sandra Bertolas, Waukesha County Technical College
Jonathan Betts, Pima Community College
Asia Nicole Martin, Pearl River Community College (she’d taken a semester off though)
Jane McDonald-Crone, North Harris County College
Samantha Smith, Fairfield Tech
Zabullah Alam, Northern Virginia Community College
Jamie Michelle Fraley, Gaston College
Marilyn Renee “Niqui” McCown, Sinclair Community College
Stacy Peterson, Joliet Junior College
Samantha Burns, Marshall Community and Technical College
Brandon Swanson, Minnesota West Community and Technical College (in the process of transferring to Iowa Western Community College)
Angela Gray Hamby, Wilkes Community College
Andrew James Torii, El Camino College
Carol Jeanne Lubahn, El Camino College
Arianne Davis, Fortis College
Kyle Eppler, Santa Fe College
Indira Montiero, Manhattan Community College
Ryan Bradley, Johnson County Community College
Hiep Luu, Truman College
Katrina Montgomery, Santa Monica College
Josephine Despard, Jamestown Community College
Justin Gaines, Gainesville College–Oconee
Beau Heller, Citrus College
Darlene Webb, Daytona Beach Community College
Ganignunt Aiemsakul, Montgomery Community College–Rockville
Robin Trivisonno, Atlantic County College
Jeremiah Parker, Baton Rouge Community College
Rachel Rhodes, Santa Rosa Junior College
Donyelle Johnson, St. Petersburg Junior College
Amy Marie Derewitz, Henry Ford Community College
Jason Galehouse, Hillsborough Community College

In college, but I don’t know which one or which kind:
Kelly Allen
Cynthia Woolard
John Cameron Reece
Elisabeth Martinson
Allen Warner
Nicole Engle
Madgadelena Perez
Carla Vicentini
Amadeo Vigil
Matthew Chase Whitmer
Kim Sue Leggett
Charles Lewis Lassell Jr.
Cheryl Ann Scherer
Valerie Cuccia
Becky Marzo

22 thoughts on “Missing college students

  1. M86 July 16, 2012 / 4:34 am

    Great list… It makes you wonder how many of them disappeared on their own… Very few, I’m sure. I know I actually considered moving and totally start over when I was in college. I’m thinking my immaturity and some mental issues played a part in that.

    I’ve always wondered about Brandon Swanson and Matthew Ferris. They both hit close to home with me. I used to live/grew up within 2 hours of where Brandon disappeared, and the media coverage of it was extensive. In my opinion, I think he was intoxicated and fell into the Yellow Medicine River. All of the land up there is pasture or crops. He went missing in May, so you can rule out death by exposure/cold weather. An abduction is unlikely… It’s rural SW Minnesota… It’s possible, but very unlikely.

    I’m not sure what to think about Matthew Ferris. It always makes me wonder when I only see 1 photo of them… Do their relatives not care? Or just not take pictures?

    • Meaghan July 16, 2012 / 4:40 am

      I went to college far away in large part to get away from my abusive brother. Unfortunately he proved I could never REALLY get away from him, when he hacked into my email repeatedly throughout my first semester at college, read all my emails (some of them intensely private), showed them to others, etc…but that’s a whole ‘nother story.

      • Cattt July 19, 2012 / 4:17 am

        Good Lord, Meaghan! You would think he would have his own life by that time!

  2. Judy July 16, 2012 / 9:19 am

    Thanks for publishing this Meaghan….I am going to share it. People need to be aware of the enormity of this issue…

  3. libraryjobber July 16, 2012 / 8:08 pm

    One more:

    Virginia Carpenter, 1948, Texas State College for Women (now Texas Woman’s University).

    I don’t know why it’s “Woman’s” and not “Women’s”!

    • Meaghan July 16, 2012 / 8:18 pm

      Wikipedia says the original name was “College of Industrial Arts and Texas State College for Women.” So they got it right the first time. Maybe they wanted to name the university after a specific Texas woman, but she wouldn’t let them? That’s how Modesto, California got its name: they wanted to name the city after some much-loved wealthy man, but he declined the honor. So they gave the town the Spanish word for modest, to honor the millionaire’s mobility.

      Wikipedia also says TWU is now co-educational. In which case they really need to change the name, perhaps to “Texas Person’s University.”

  4. LB July 16, 2012 / 8:26 pm

    Thanks for the list. Lynne Schulze’s disappearance is a real mystery — she’s heading with friends to take an exam, then hurries back to her dorm to get a pen and vanishes without a trace. None of the few articles about her mention if it was ever determined that she returned to her room or not.

    I’m not sure if Richard Colvin Cox is on your list, but being that he vanished from West Point, it’s a pretty intriguing older case.

    • Meaghan August 18, 2012 / 3:35 pm

      I read a book about the Cox case and the author sort of found him. (Long story.) In light of that I decided not to list him.

  5. Danielle July 17, 2012 / 8:41 pm

    that’s a lot of students. Thank you once again for all the work you do for this site…. just wondering…do you think Maura Murray committed suicide??? It’s one of those cases we will never know. She sent the email to her teacher about a death in the family. Her dad and boyfriend’s mom said no death…so just wondering
    what everyone thinks.

    • Meaghan July 18, 2012 / 12:06 am

      No clue. Though I think she left of her own accord, one way or the other.

  6. Crystal July 18, 2012 / 8:50 am

    I’d give a lot to find out what happened to Ron Tammen back in 53. I never thought he left on his own and just decided to stay gone–it almost seems too sophisticated for a 19 year old kid back then, and he was close to his family.

    I wonder if it was a prank gone wrong. If so, people were sure able to keep quiet about it.

  7. Cattt July 19, 2012 / 4:23 am

    A case involving a college student that intrigued me is the one about, Lynne Kathryn Schulze. I guess I wonder about it because it said that she had spoken about faking her death and starting her life over somewhere else and I wonder if she did.

  8. Katharine August 18, 2012 / 3:24 pm

    I loved this website, I found it very informative. I wonder if you have ever considered a career in Law enforment, missing person’s unit. I was actually shocked at how many people went missing in Hawaii, I can’t believe that you can go missing on an island, but there is a lot of jungle there. Cattt, I wonder if she didn’t leave, if you think about it exam time is the perfect time to leave.

    • Meaghan August 18, 2012 / 3:32 pm

      I am temperamentally unsuited to a career as a police officer. I am extremely passive and I cannot hit people under any circumstances, not even in self-defense, not even when my life is on the line.

  9. uk19 November 17, 2012 / 8:18 pm

    I hope I am able to say that one of the people on this list appears to be alive and well on facebook, and seems to be in contact with her siblings. It was the first name I checked out as it was unusual.
    Thank goodness.

  10. Mitzi August 1, 2013 / 4:17 pm

    Thank you for keeping Simon Owen on your list.We continue to look for him and will never give up hope. His Mom

  11. T-Bone July 31, 2014 / 10:44 am

    Just want you to know that the Syracuse area is abuzz with recent developments in the Heidi Allen case …

  12. Justin Cliburn March 19, 2015 / 11:42 am

    Michelle Crawford was a student at a four-year university in Lawton, Oklahoma: Cameron University (www.cameron.edu).

  13. zephyr February 16, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Hi folks,

    Lynne Kathryn Schulze was 17, not 18, at the time of her disappearance. Per her parents’ original press release via the Burlington Free Press 24 Jan 1972, her birthday is Feb 9, 1954. For some reason, every source besides her parents, including police, refer to her as 18 with no known birth date.

  14. Gary Davis May 21, 2017 / 2:08 am

    this is all peter connolly’s fault.

  15. Future Trunks December 30, 2018 / 12:15 am

    Jeanette, Robin and Lynne Schulze were more than likely Ted Bundy’s victims, they all had long, dark hair, and I have connected Ted to an unsolved case in California called the good samaritan case, which matches Ted’s MO to a t. So Bundy was killing way before 1974, and Graham would have been easy prey, also he was in Vermont when Schulze went missing, easily a victim of his tactics, he was born there after all. Jeanette was taken by a man with an afro, and Bundy’s hair matched an Afro’s at times. It’s well believed that Bundy began around 1969 he as much admitted to it. I doubt we will ever find their bodies, but tbh Durst isn’t as good a suspect as Bundy. Schulze just vanishing matches his other victims-Rancourt disappeared taking her clothes somewhere, Kent disappeared trying to pick up her brother, Naslund disappeared using the bathroom, Curtis disappeared going to brush her teeth, Hawkins disappeared traveling back to her dormitory, Manson disappeared going to a concert, Oliverson disappeared going on her bike, Campbell disappeared heading to her hotel room for a magazine, and Leach disappeared in a similar way.

    Graham is alone on a highway, a mysterious man most likely Bundy shows up and tricks her into getting into his most likely stolen car and drives off with her. Only Bundy would do that in front of a freaking cop. Schulze was probably tricked by Bundy using his tactics of suggesting he would get her the test answers and then he took her sick man, he was.

    As for Maura, there is a strange Youtube video about her where an old man laughs weirdly and then says happy anniversary, my gut tells me that old nutjob is the one who killed poor Maura. Also a photo surfaced online of a girl who strongly resembled Tara Calico. Check em out sometime, interesting cases.

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