Stephanie Crane missing 27 years

Yesterday was the 27th anniversary of the disappearance and presumed abduction of Stephanie Lyn Crane, a nine-year-old girl from the tiny, rural town of Challis in central Idaho. I found multiple articles that commemorated the anniversary: this one from KVIV TV, this one from Idaho News 2, and this one from East Idaho News. None of them really have anything new, though I did add a new photo to Stephanie’s casefile, courtesy of The Abyss Podcast.

Stephanie’s family has had more than its fair share of tragedy. Her parents divorced after she disappeared and just a few years later her mother died of a blood clot. I think she was only in her thirties.

Per this article, her father took Stephanie’s younger sisters out of state to raise them “as normal kids” in a place where people didn’t automatically associate them with their sister’s abduction. He passed away in 2012 of a heart attack, nineteen years to the very day after Stephanie went missing. You can’t tell me that stress and grief wasn’t a factor.

Stephanie still has her sisters, though, and members of her extended family, who hope for answers in her case someday. It sounds like somebody just grabbed her. Imagine living in that tiny town wondering every day if it was one of your neighbors who did this. No wonder her dad moved.

We are almost the same age, her and I. If still alive, Stephanie would be 36 today.

8 thoughts on “Stephanie Crane missing 27 years

  1. Marta October 12, 2020 / 9:39 pm

    what a horrid thing to do, abduct a child. No matter how many times I read this it still sends shivers down my body. May God watch over her sisters and all other members of abducted children.

  2. Jaime October 14, 2020 / 8:49 am

    ID Discovery did a couple of specials on Stephanie’s disappearance and the police really believe they know who abducted her. They haven’t released the person’s name though. It is also disheartening that an acquaintance of the person heard a child crying in his basement didn’t call the authorities. The police strongly believe that the child could have been her. The incident happened around the time of Stephanie’s abduction and the acquaintance of this man could possibly have saved her and her family all this heartache.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan October 14, 2020 / 3:17 pm

    The information on Keith Hescock, is very interesting. However, if he is a person on interest in Stephanie’ s case, it makes me wonder. The age range of his alleged victims throws me.

    However, I can see a connection to Amber’s case, since he worked for her grandfather. The reference to the business computer monitor being on is interesting. There is no mention of her supposedly her using it anytime before she disappeared.

    Unless, Heacock was watching the business that evening and found Amber using the computer.

    • Meaghan October 14, 2020 / 3:19 pm

      Last night I watched a true crime show episode about a serial killer who preferred young Hispanic females. His victims ranged in age from 9 to 21.

  4. Dawn Marie October 14, 2020 / 5:24 pm

    Ted Bundy’s usual victims were college-age, but his youngest known victim (his last) was 12. Arthur Shawcross’s first two victims were a boy of ten and a girl of eight, then after he got out of prison for that he killed prostitutes from 19 to late fifties. Some just aren’t all that particular when the mood really comes on them.

    • Meaghan October 14, 2020 / 5:27 pm

      Another example is Harold Shipman. He usually killed elderly people. But his youngest suspected victim was only four years old.

  5. Dawn Marie October 14, 2020 / 9:44 pm

    That little girl was a very sad case. It almost sounded from the article like the mother implied to Dr. Shipman that she wanted him to do something to speed up Susie’s death even though she never actually gave permission for him to do that. “I knew she was dying, so I asked him to be kind. I kissed her goodbye and went to get a cup of tea.” Maybe she didn’t mean anything of the sort but I bet she picked those words apart many many times over the years and wondered.

    • Meaghan October 14, 2020 / 9:46 pm

      She shouldn’t blame herself. Shipman was a monster who liked killing people and claimed he was putting people out of their misery, but he killed healthy, active people too. No normal person would have interpreted the mom’s words to mean “kill this kid.”

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