Hannah Marie Zaccaglini

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Hannah, circa 1997;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 31 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 4, 1997 from McCloud, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: October 11, 1981
  • Age: 15 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Hannah's hair was dyed black at the time of her 1997 disappearance. She has a birthmark behind her right ear near her hairline and a chicken pox scar near her right eye. Her upper left front tooth was chipped at the time of her disappearance. Hannah's ears are pierced one time each.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A lime green and white checkered shirt or tank top with daisy-shaped buttons and a tie at the waist, blue jeans, black canvas Vans deck shoes with the letter "V" imprinted in white on the side of each shoe, a silver band-type ring with designs, and possibly a gray sweatshirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Hannah was last seen leaving her boyfriend's apartment in McCloud, California at approximately 10:00 p.m. on June 4, 1997. She was walking to her family's residence on Minnesota Avenue near Shasta Avenue, which is one or two blocks from her boyfriend's home. Hannah never arrived and has not been seen again.

    Hannah was initially believed to have run away. Her parents recently divorced at the time she vanished and she had just broken up with her boyfriend; she was upset because he and his family were moving away. Authorities suspected that other factors were involved in her case as the investigation progressed. Hannah had not argued with her family and she had left the majority of her personal belongings at her residence, including her clothing, purse, money, hairbrush, overnight bag, and bass guitar. Hannah was a cheerleader and an aspiring model at the time she vanished. Her family maintains that she would never leave her home voluntarily, as such actions were uncharacteristic of her.

    Authorities learned that Edward Ray "Ed" Henline Sr. and his wife, Deborah, may have been the last people to see Hannah before she vanished. The Henlines owned a home on east Minnesota Avenue in McCloud, which was near Hannah's last known location. Another young woman, Karen Knechtel Mero, also vanished from that locale in February 1997, four months prior to Hannah's disappearance. Mero once lived in the Henlines' residence and they were reportedly the last people to see her as well. The Henlines were questioned in both cases and their home was searched by law enforcement.

    In December 2012, both Ed Sr. and his son, Ed Henline Jr., were charged with Hannah's murder. Photos of both Henlines are posted below this case summary. Ed Sr. was arrested first, and his son two days later. The charges against both suspects were dropped for lack of evidence, however, in May 2013. Authorities stated the murder case against the Henlines could be reinstated if more evidence resurfaces.

    Hannah's mother stated the police were prejudiced against her and initially did not investigate her daughter's disappearance as thoroughly as they should have. Foul play is suspected in Hannah's case due to the circumstances involved.

    Henline Sr Henline Jr
    Left: Ed Henline Sr.;
    Right: Ed Henline Jr.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Siskiyou County Sheriff's Office
    530-841-2900

    OR
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    Redding, California Office
    530-223-6473

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    The Polly Klaas Foundation
    The Siskiyou Daily News
    The Redding Record Searchlight
    The Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Foundation
    Mayhem.Net
    The Sacramento Bee
    The Mount Shasta Herald, Weed Press, and Dunsmuir News
    Unsolved in the News
    CyberPages International Inc.
    Where is Hannah?
    The Ridgecrest Daily Independent
    KRCR 7
    KTVL CBS Channel 10

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    Updated 9 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 18, details of disappearance updated.

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