MP of the week: April Wiss

This week’s featured missing person is April Susanne Wiss, a sixteen-year-old girl who disappeared from Wichita, Kansas on January 11, 2000. Her case was initially classified as a runaway, but the police have since said the circumstances of her disappearance are “unclear.”

She was going through a rebellious phase at the time of her disappearance and living away from home, but she left all her clothes and money behind, which is not characteristic of a runaway. I have to wonder if the felony statutory rape trial she was a witness in had something to do with it. Was she just a witness, or was she the victim in the case? It’s not clear.

If still alive she’d be 37 now.

4 thoughts on “MP of the week: April Wiss

  1. Christie Groves September 15, 2020 / 10:17 pm

    Poor girl, sounds like “Mother Knows Best,” I say that do to the unclear rape charge situation. I hope we find her someday.

  2. T.T. September 17, 2020 / 6:55 am

    I’ve been thinking of that girl recently, especially with how she disappeared just after the new year/millennium. I hope one day some answers can be found in her case.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan September 20, 2020 / 9:51 pm

    Meaghan, I have been reading a bit about the disappearance of Terrance Woods, the television producer from Idaho. I wonder if you think he might have disappeared under some emotional trauma enough to cause a Dissociative Fugue. It seems likely with his dropping the radio and running off.

    It seems he had some concerns about the health of his mother. I wonder if her health might have seemed to him, more worse then it actually was. Also, working out in the middle of know where after living and working inn and around London.

    It sort of makes me wonder why he moved back home. He had been involved with big projects and may have better opportunities for international work there.

    • Meaghan September 20, 2020 / 10:10 pm

      I too wonder about something like a fugue state—and they’re not always caused by trauma, look at Hannah Upp’s case for example.

      I also wonder about the onset of schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. At 26 Terrance was slightly older than the average male developing either condition, but still well within the age range.

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