Laurie Jean Depies

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Top Two Rows and Bottom Three From Left: Depies, circa 1992;
Bottom Far Right: Age-progression to an unknown age

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 19, 1992 from Menasha, Wisconsin
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 17, 1971
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Depies has a tattoo of an Indian art form that resembles a squid on her right ankle. She may have been wearing brown-tinted contact lenses at the time of her disappearance. Her ears are triple-pierced and her nicknames are Loriella and Ella.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A sleeveless black rib-knit turtleneck with horizontal stripes, black and white striped spandex shorts, black slip-on leather shoes, a silver watch on her left wrist, and multiple silver necklaces, bracelets, anklets and earrings.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Depies was seen entering her gray 1984 Volkswagen Bug or Volkswagen Rabbit at the Fox River Mall in Grand Chute, Wisconsin on August 19, 1992 at approximately 10:00 p.m. She arrived at her boyfriend's apartment complex in the 300 block of west Wilson Avenue in Menasha, Wisconsin between approximately 10:15 and 10:30 p.m. Depies apparently exited and locked her vehicle, then disappeared. She never entered her boyfriend's apartment and has not been seen again.

    Depies's boyfriend had been waiting in his apartment with his sister and a friend. They heard her car pull into the lot, and went looking for her when she did not arrive at the apartment. Eventually they notified police. A soft drink cup was found on the hood on Depies's car, but there were no other signs of her at the scene. No one saw her walk away from the parking lot or get into anyone's car. Her overnight bag and purse were left inside her vehicle.

    There are few clues in Depies's disappearance. A man was questioned by Wisconsin authorities in 2000 after he claimed he was suicidal and wanted to confess his supposed role in her case, but it is not known if he was actually involved. Authorities believe she was taken by someone she knew, as it would be uncharacteristic of Depies to willingly get into a car with a stranger, and there is no indication that she was forcibly kidnapped. They think she may have gone willingly with someone she trusted and was harmed afterwards. The cup on the hood of her car had an unidentified thumbprint on it which police believe may have been from the abduction suspect. Judging from the size of the print, it was probably although not definitely from a man.

    In 2010, Larry DeWayne Hall confessed to kidnapping and killing Depies. He is currently serving a life sentence in a North Carolina prison for kidnapping 15-year-old Jessica Roach, whose body was found in an Indiana cornfield in 1993. A photo of Hall is posted below this case summary. Authorities stated he became a suspect in Depies's disappearance in 1995 and is a suspect in the disappearances of other girls and young women. He confessed to kidnapping and murdering Tricia Reitler, who disappeared in 1993, but he hasn't been charged in any cases besides Roach's. Investigators searched the area where Hall said he'd buried Depies, but they were unable to find her body or any physical evidence to substantiate his confession.

    No arrests have been made in Depies's disappearance and her case remains unsolved. There has been no activity on her bank accounts or Social Security number (SSN) since she went missing. Foul play is suspected in her disappearance.

    Hall
    Above: Larry DeWayne Hall

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Menasha Police Department
    920-720-7109

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    Source Information
    Texas Department Of Public Safety
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
    Youth Educated In Safety
    Menasha Police Department
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    Wisconsin Advocates for Families of Missing People
    The Doe Network
    The Appleton Post-Crescent
    Unsolved in the News
    Remembering Laurie
    The Daily Mail
    The Northwestern
    The Fond du Lac Reporter

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    Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 19, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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