Amber Lynn Wilde

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Above Images: Wilde, circa 1998


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 23, 1998 from Green Bay, Wisconsin
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 26, 1979
  • Age: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4 - 5'6, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Wilde has eight piercings in each ear. Her last name is pronounced "Wil-de."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Eight small gold hoop earrings in each ear.
  • Medical Conditions: Wilde was pregnant at the time of her disappearance; her baby was due in February 1999. She also sustained a slight head injury in a car accident on the day of her disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Wilde was a student at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay at the time of her disappearance; she had transferred there three weeks before after completing an associate's degree at a community college. She last spoke to her family September 23, 1998, after she got into a minor car accident. She was not seriously injured, but she did hit her head on the windshield and had a headache afterwards. The other person involved in the crash called Wilde's apartment in the 2000 block of August Street that evening to work out damages.

    Wilde had class at 1:00 p.m. the next day. Her father, who lived in Mayville, Wisconsin, called his daughter to wake her up for her class but received no answer. She also missed a scheduled eye doctor's appointment and other obligations, which is uncharacteristic of her. Her father drove to Green Bay and found Wilde's apartment locked. He then reported her missing.

    More than a week after Wilde's disappearance, her car, a dark gray four-door 1988 Subaru GL with the license plate number X5725T, was discovered unlocked and abandoned in the parking lot of a sports bar in Green Bay, near Lambeau Field on the south side of Lombardi Access Road, near Ridge Road. There was no sign of Wilde at the scene, but her purse and cellular phone were locked inside the trunk of the Subaru, which is where where she usually kept them, and the car keys were in the ignition. Some evidence pertaining to her disappearance was also found in the vehicle, but police have not said what it was. Some authorities do not believe the car had been at that location for the whole week Wilde had been missing. The car had been driven about 900 miles that could not be accounted for.

    Wilde is a native of Campbellsport, Wisconsin and a graduate of Campbellsport High School, and her mother still lives in that area. She took some University of Wisconsin classes before she graduated high school in 1997, and with her accelerated schedule she was able to accumulate two years' worth of credits in one year at the community college. She had a full scholarship at school, and planned to major in pre-medicine and eventually become a pediatrician. Wilde's family says it's uncharacteristic of her to leave without warning, and they also do not believe she would have committed suicide. She wasn't involved with drugs and alcohol and she had seemed optimistic about her future. Her aunt had offered to take care of her child once it was born, so Wilde could finish school.

    Police suspect foul play in Wilde's disappearance and have done several unsuccessful searches for her body. Her family has suspicions directed at the father of her unborn child, who has not been ruled out as a suspect. Wilde had told her aunt and godmother that the father of her baby was an ex-boyfriend who denied paternity and had become engaged to another woman. He has not been publicly named. No one, however, has been charged with any wrongdoing in Wilde's case; it remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
    The Fond Du Lac Reporter
    Channel 3000
    City of West Bend's Official Website
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    Wisconsin Advocates for the Families of Missing People
    Unsolved in the News
    The Green Bay Press-Gazette


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 8, 2015; picture added, distinguishing characteristics, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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