Irene Shoukair, age 39, disappeared in February 1914 from Chicago, Illinois.
She was born Irene Forner, in Buffalo, NY in 1875. She traveled to the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1893, where she met David Shoukair, a native of Syria. The two married in Chicago in 1894.
David and Irene owned and operated a rug importing business, and were involved in the business of carpet cleaning as well. Both David and Irene worked long hours at the business, and they prospered. They employed a live-in servant.
The couple had five children. When not working, Irene was kept busy tending to the children and sewing clothes for the whole family.
Shortly before she disappeared, Irene had talked being tired of needing a vacation. She told a friend she planned to travel to California, but said she planned to return. She referred to an elderly friend who might accompany her on the trip.
A life insurance policy was issued on Irene in April 1913, less than a year before she vanished.
David Shoukair died in 1919.
In 1930, one of David and Irene’s daughters discovered the life insurance policy while going through a desk. She attempted to have Irene declared dead so she could collect on the policy, but her request was denied.
During the court’s proceedings, it came to light that Irene had left a note for her daughter, stating that she would be leaving. In the letter, she said “Don’t worry about me, everything will be fine. I will write to you.” She also said “If Papa makes much of a fuss, try to calm him down; he will get over it in a few days.”
It also was mentioned that Irene had made a phone call to one of David’s cousins, telling him goodbye. He said that he’d tried to convince her not to go, but that she cut him off, saying she had only three minutes to catch her train.
Interestingly, the recipient of this phone call stated that his brother had disappeared a couple months earlier, and had never been heard from again. This prompted some speculation that the two may have run off together.
According to Irene’s daughter, she took ‘a complete wardrobe’, at least $100 in cash, and several articles of jewelry.
She was never heard from by any of her family or friends again.
Irene was eventually declared dead in 1954.
Some accounts state that she went out to buy bread and never came back.
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Lori Jane Eblin-Reaves-Richardson was last known to be alive in February 1995, however she has not been heard from by family members since 1992-1993.
Lori Jane Eblin was born in Ohio 1959, and married Gregory Reaves in 1977. She gave birth to 4 children before separating from her husband.
During the years that followed, Lori was known to be in South Carolina, specifically in the areas of Goose Creek, Charleston, and Columbia. She was known to stay with a friend named Gary at times, while in the Columbia area. That is where she was believed to have been staying when her daughter last heard from her in 1992-1993.
Lori’s movements between 1993-1994 are somewhat of a mystery, but they involve a marriage between her and a Nathaniel Richardson in February 1994. Nathaniel Richardson had a criminal record that involved domestic violence and sexual misconduct. This marriage is the last confirmed action of Lori’s.
There was a lawsuit filed against Lori by Richland County Hospital in November 1994, but it is not known whether Lori was ever aware of this fact, or whether she was in fact hospitalized, or when. The case was disposed and a default final judgment entered in March 1995. The address listed on the judgment was 1712 HAMPTON STREET COLUMBIA SC 29201.
Lori has never been heard from again, and her family is desperately searching for her. According to a family member, Nathaniel Richardson, her most recent husband, told authorities that he did not know if he and Lori were still legally married.
Please help bring her home. If you know anything about Lori’s disappearance, please contact Lori’s family through their Facebook page.
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Toni McNatt-Chiappetta, age 14, went missing from Clairton, PA on November 5, 1981.
She was last seen sometime between 6pm and 7pm as she walked from her home to a pep rally at her high school. She was supposed to meet a male friend prior to going to the rally, but she never showed up. The last sighting of her was when she walked by an ice cream stand, which was directly across the street from a bar where her mother worked. She was wearing a black jacket imprinted with Clairton, and her name on the front, and jeans. It was reportedly pouring down rain that day.
Toni was known as a tomboy, and was involved in church activities and enjoyed baton twirling.
Although Toni had no history of running away or getting into any trouble, it was initially thought that she may have run away, because she had lived with her grandparents for a couple months prior to the start of the school year, possibly due to sexual abuse. Toni’s parents canvassed the neighborhood, to no avail.
Due to the possible sexual abuse, as well as multiple domestic violence incidents that had occurred in the home, Toni’s father, Sam Chiappetta, was viewed as a person of interest early on, in spite of his efforts to locate Toni by launching a flyer campaign through his workplace, United Van Lines. Mr. Chiappetta was given a polygraph test, which indicated that he was being deceptive.
Several years after Toni’s disappearance, her mother appeared at the police station, and stated that she had come to believe that her husband may have been involved in Toni’s disappearance. She then admitted she had always had suspicions, but was afraid of Sam and therefore concealed some information relating to her disappearance.
She told police that she had arrived home that night to find the shirt that Toni had worn to school that day, soaking wet, and hanging on the laundry line. This seemed to lead many to believe that Sam Chiappetta did indeed have a part in Toni’s disappearance, because it would indicate that Toni did arrive home. I have not seen any indication, however, of what Toni was wearing when she left in the evening for the rally, other than the black jacket and jeans. It’s very possible that she changed her shirt after school that day, and wore a different one to the rally. Due to the fact that it had been pouring down rain that day, it could be that her shirt was wet from walking home from school, or she could have washed it. I do not see how the shirt indicates that she came home from the rally, unless it is known that she was wearing the same shirt when she left again for the rally. It doesn’t state that anywhere, nor is there any indication that the jacket, jeans, and shoes she WAS known to be wearing to the rally were found in the home.
It has also been mentioned that Sam Chiappetta replaced their wooden deck with a cement one shortly after Toni’s disappearance. It was reportedly very unusual for Sam to perform any home repairs. This has understandably led to some speculation that Toni may have been harmed at home, and that her remains may be underneath the concrete. I have not seen anything to indicate that this has been checked, though. I hope they will use GPR to check for anything unusual underneath the concrete.
Her parents are both deceased, so there is no way to get any further information from them about anything they might have known. Her sisters are living and continue to search for information on what happened to their sister that night.
There was another girl who was abducted from a nearby town, and found deceased in a wooded area, five days before Toni’s disappearance, but police did not think the two cases were related.
From reading the more recent articles, written since her mother came forward, there seems to be a consensus that something happened to her at home, at the hands of her father – but if she was seen walking to the rally and never arrived there (according to friends), it doesn’t seem too likely that she made it home – unless she never left, and the person who said they saw her walking was her mother. Since her mother worked at the bar across the street from where she was seen walking, it’s possible that her mother was the one who said she saw Toni walking, but it was never stated who had claimed to see her. If her mother was the one who said she saw her walking, perhaps she also recanted that when she came forward years later, implicating Toni’s father as a possible suspect.
Post-Gazette from 1981
Post-Gazette from 1983
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Wanda Gail Loe, age 24, went missing from Tahoe City, California in July 1968.
Wanda was employed at Sunnyside Resort at 1850 West Lake Blvd, on the shore of Lake Tahoe, and she was a reliable employee who would not just take off, according to those who knew her. She had attended Pepperdine University, and had traveled to Germany prior to coming to the Lake Tahoe region. She was originally from Alabama.
While I am not sure of the date of her disappearance, her car was found in the parking lot of her workplace and she was never seen again.
Wanda was often listed as a possible victim of the Zodiac Killer, in part due to the proximity to Donna Lass, who is a suspected victim of the Zodiac.
However, her boyfriend, Dennis Finn, reportedly confessed to murdering Wanda to a cousin, while heavily intoxicated. Dennis died in 1982, and was never charged with her disappearance.
It is believed that her remains may be in the Carpenter Valley area, near Truckee, CA, which sits along Donner Pass.
As of this writing, Wanda’s case is not listed on NamUs or any of the other databases. I hope someone in her family can submit a DNA sample in case her remains are located. I hope she can be found soon.
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