Steven Walter Tuomi

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Above Images: Tuomi, circa 1987


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 15, 1987 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 24 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9 - 5'11, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair. Tuomi's nickname is Steve.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tuomi was last seen leaving his job at a restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 15, 1987. It is believed that he met serial murderer Jeffrey L. Dahmer sometime during the evening and returned to Dahmer's residence in West Allis, Wisconsin shortly afterwards. A photo of Dahmer is posted below this case summary.

    Tuomi has never been heard from again. He is originally from Ontonagon, Michigan and graduated Ontonagon Area Highschool in 1981. He left all his clothes behind, as well as several paychecks. Tuomi's family reported him as a missing person in December 1987, three months after his disappearance, when they failed to locate him.

    Dahmer was arrested for numerous murders of young men in Wisconsin in 1991. He told authorities that Tuomi was one of his victims, but was unable to recall the details leading to Tuomi's death. Investigators believe that Tuomi's remains were destroyed by Dahmer. Among the other missing men presumed to be victims of Dahmer: Richard Guerrero; Edward Smith; and David Thomas.

    Dahmer was sentenced to life in prison for numerous homicides in the early 1990s. He was killed in prison by a fellow inmate in 1994. Dahmer was not charged with Tuomi's death due to a lack of evidence.

    Above: Dahmer, circa 1991


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Milwaukee Police Department


    Source Information
    Seize The Night
    Tribute To The Victims Of Jeffrey Dahmer
    JadedFreak's Midnight Zone
    The Crime Library
    The Associated Press
    Vita Extensa
    The Serial Killer Collection


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 6, 2013; height and weight added, details of disappearance updated.

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