Elizabeth Nicole Forshee-Syperda

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Above Images: Elizabeth, circa 2000

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 17, 2000 from Mount Pleasant, Iowa
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 13, 1978
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3 - 5'4, 140 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Elizabeth's hair is naturally curly. Her ears are pierced multiple times. Elizabeth's tongue and left nipple are pierced. A heart tattoo encircles her navel. Elizabeth's maiden name is Forshee. Some agencies may refer to her as Elizabeth Nicole Syperda. Her nickname is Liz.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A t-shirt, black jeans, a diamond and emerald ring, a wedding ring and a diamond Year 2000 necklace.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Elizabeth was last seen by her roommate at their residence in Mount Pleasant, Iowa at 10:30 p.m. on July 17, 2000, as the roommate was leaving to go to work. When her roommate returned at 4:00 a.m. the following day, Elizabeth was gone. She left all of her personal belongings behind and has never been heard from again. There has been no activity on Elizabeth's bank account and she never claimed her paycheck from her employer. She did not have access to a car when she disappeared. When authorities examined Elizabeth's east Madison Street apartment after her disappearance, they found her door locked from the outside, indicating she left voluntarily.

    Elizabeth's family described her estranged husband, Michael Lee Syperda, was dangerous and violent and stated they believed he had murdered her. She had moved from her native California to Iowa with him, and was planning to move back to California. A photo of Michael is posted below this case summary. He was arrested and charged with domestic abuse not long after his wife disappeared. The arrest was in connection with a violent confrontation with Elizabeth and her roommate a month before she vanished. Michael pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery and domestic assault in that case and was sentenced probation and a suspended prison term.

    In December 2017, Michael was charged with first-degree murder in Elizabeth's case. He was living in Colorado at the time of his arrest and will be extradited to Iowa to face trial. If convicted, he faces a sentence of life in prison without parole.

    Foul play is suspected in Elizabeth's case due to the circumstances involved; her body has never been found.

    Michael Syperda
    Above: Michael Syperda, circa 2017

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Mount Pleasant Police Department
    319-385-1450

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
    Child Search Ministries
    The Hawk Eye Newspaper
    Unsolved in the News
    KCRG 9
    KTVO
    The Des Moines Register

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 3, 2017; three pictures added, details of disappearance updated.

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