Select It Sunday: Roxanne Paltauf

Selected by Suzie: Roxanne Elizabeth Paltauf, missing from Austin, Texas since July 7, 2006. She was eighteen and a half at the time.

It’s a familiar story: she got into a fight with her boyfriend. He said she just walked away, leaving all her belongings behind except her ID. She has never been heard from again. The boyfriend has a criminal record and a history of violence. An Austin Chronicle article, copied here, provides details of the case and Roxanne’s background.

Her family has set up a Facebook page for her. The case is still active and the police conducted a search for her body as recently as this past March.

Roxanne seems like a responsible, hardworking young woman, not the type who would just vanish into thin air voluntarily. If she’s still alive, she would be 26 years old today. But I think she’s still eighteen.

7 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Roxanne Paltauf

  1. Justin September 28, 2014 / 7:02 pm

    Yes, I also think her life ended soon after she went missing and that she will be 18 forever.

  2. Crystal September 28, 2014 / 7:30 pm

    Your last sentence is so sad. I think that’s why I’m fascinated by missing people–the idea that they’re frozen in time.

    • Meaghan September 28, 2014 / 8:23 pm

      Sometimes, if it’s a fairly recently missing person, I find traces of their living presence online — Facebook pages, blog posts and so on. It’s eerie to look at.

      • Angie September 29, 2014 / 3:55 pm

        Yeah just came here to comment on that last sentence. Speaking of people who are still eighteen, I actually found Chris Virdell’s Facebook page by accident once when looking for his missing persons page on Facebook. Really sad and eerie.

    • Cattt September 29, 2014 / 1:58 pm

      Crystal, me too! I’m fascinated by them! I always find my way back to reading Charley all the time! I think about how much life was way ahead of them! Even if it’s an older person who might have just gotten a divorce or got out of a bad relationship or their kids are grown, I think there was so much they could have accomplished! I also think of the era like what was “in” during that time. It actually makes me go to YouTube and watch commercials from that time! 

  3. Andrea622 September 28, 2014 / 9:59 pm

    This case makes me so sad every time I hear something about it. Sad for her younger siblings especially

  4. Cattt September 29, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    I remember this from Disappeared

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