Lynne Kathryn Schulze

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Above Images: Schulze, circa 1971

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 10, 1971 from Middlebury, Vermont
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 115 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Schulze had severe acne at the time of her disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue jeans, a maroon pullover sweater, and a brown ski parka.
  • Medical Conditions: Schulze may have been mildly depressed at the time of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Schulze was last seen leaving her dormitory on the Middlebury College campus in Middlebury, Vermont on December 10, 1971, the first day of final exams before Christmas break started. She was on her way with her friends to take a final exam in her English Drama class when she said she had forgotten her favorite pen and was going to go back to get it. Schulze never arrived at the exam and has never been heard from again. She left her identification, checkbook and all her personal belongings behind when she vanished. She may have been carrying $30 in cash with her. Campus security was alerted to Schulze's disappearance two days after she was last seen, but her parents were not notified for a week.

    Schulze had mentioned the idea of faking her own death and starting life anew prior to her disappearance, but her friends did not take her seriously. In the letters she wrote frequently to family and friends back home, she admitted she felt homesick and had considered withdrawing from school, but she never indicated she was planning on dropping out of sight or leaving college before the term was over, and she did register for spring semester classes. Her relatives don't believe she was unusually distressed. She took her English Drama class seriously, had perfect attendance and studied hard for the final exam she never attended.

    There were several possible sightings of Schulze after her disappearance, but none of them were confirmed. Several people made confessions of involvement in her case, but all of their statements turned out to be false. Little evidence is available as to her fate, but Schulze's disappearance is considered suspicious and her family believes she died shortly after her disappearance. She was a freshman at Middlebury in 1971, and lived in Simsbury, Connecticut when she was not at college. Schulze enjoyed writing at the time of her disappearance and had kept a journal during her senior year of high school.

    Both of Schulze's parents died in the 1990s, but her sister is still alive and hopes for a resolution in her disappearance. Her case is unsolved.

    Some agencies give the date of Schulze's disappearance as December 11, 1971.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Middlebury Police Department
    802-388-3191

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    Source Information
    Vermont State Police
    Motorcyclist Magazine
    The Addison Independent
    The Burlington Free Press

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 12, 2011; details of disappearance updated.

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