Wendy Hudakoc missing 16 years today

Sixteen years ago today, right about now, fourteen-year-old Wendy Hudakoc sneaked out of her bedroom in Naples, Florida to attend a party with a young man. They did make it to the party and were seen leaving together a few hours later. She never made it home.

Wendy would be thirty today, if she’s still alive. To this day the police aren’t sure whether she met with foul play, or ran away, or what. Her sister and stepfather are still alive, but her mother died last year without ever learning what happened.

Naples Daily News

16 thoughts on “Wendy Hudakoc missing 16 years today

  1. Ilya November 15, 2014 / 7:06 am

    Browsing through Charley, I found a couple of stories also involving someone sneaking out of window and missing – there’s April Dawn Pennington and Deanna Michelle Merryfield.

    Time for another list involving bedroom windows, perhaps?

    • Meaghan November 15, 2014 / 7:22 am

      Shannon Potter, too.

      In my bedroom at my parents’ house, there was a TV antenna tower just outside the window. It was said that when my big brothers lived there they’d sneak out of the house at night that way, but I never wanted to try. It was just far enough out that the risk of falling seemed to be not worth it. Especially as I could just walk out the door if I wanted and no one would notice anyway.

      • Ilya November 15, 2014 / 7:32 am

        Shannon Potter – yes!

        Hers was the first case I thought about after reading this one. I just couldn’t recall her name….

  2. Cheryl November 15, 2014 / 8:49 am

    Googled DePeppo – found several of Mug Shot Pictures. Makes me wonder more about his involvement.

    • Ilya November 15, 2014 / 9:03 am

      Yes – especially given that he’s refused the lie detector test and hired an attorney.

      Something smells wrong here.

  3. drycamp November 15, 2014 / 9:19 am

    She could be alive somewhere. Married? Kids?

  4. Ilya November 15, 2014 / 5:18 pm

    I’m sure that DePeppo knows more than he’s willing to reveal – just look at his rap sheet….

  5. Michael November 16, 2014 / 12:59 am

    Depeppo’s car should have been impounded and gone over with a fine tooth comb. I don’t buy the “cigarette burned my car up story”.

    In missing persons cases aren’t police supposed to impound the vehicles? Is that currently part of police procedure? Sorry if this seems like a dumb question.

    It seems like they could’ve got some kind of evidence if they had acted quicker.

    • Meaghan November 16, 2014 / 2:09 am

      Well, if a cigarette did not burn his car, he not only lied to the police but convinced a witness to lie also. That’s why the cops believed him: he brought a friend who’d seen it happen. Supposedly they were driving and DePeppo threw a cigarette out the window but it blew back in and caught the upholstery on fire.

      • Kat November 16, 2014 / 3:52 pm

        That happened to me twice back in college, however it was a very small fire/burn and easily managed. Unless it sat in there and smoldered indefinitely, I find it hard to believe they didn’t notice. Or they sat by and watched it burn more…….

  6. Peter Henderson Jr. November 17, 2014 / 6:37 am

    How unfortunate for Mr. DePeppo,

    His car burns up so he can’t prove that nothing unkind happened to Wendy in it. The police were never able to trace the page that he said Wendy got so they could never verify that he was telling the truth and no one saw him bring her home that night.

    He decided polygraphs are untrustworthy so he won’t take one, then hired a lawyer and refused any additional interviews with police. He then has the misfortune to keep braking the law, he has at least five allies according to his on-line mug shot.

    Some people just can’t catch a brake its seems.

    • Meaghan November 18, 2014 / 10:27 am

      He certainly does seem to have the worst luck, doesn’t he?

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