The Doe Network:
Case File 457DMNSW


Stephen Victor Lapthorne
Missing since August 25, 1978 from Pymble, New South Wales, Australia.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Lapthorne was last seen with Michelle Pope at 22:30 on August 25, 1978, leaving his home at West Pymble to drive her home to Berowra. They never arrived and have not been seen or heard from since.

Adding to the mystery is Stephen's green Bedford van, NSW registration SL-710, which has never been located. Detectives who originally investigated the case suspected the couple had been murdered and that their bodies were buried in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park.
All leads received since their disappearance have been followed up, but to no avail.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Hornsby Police Station
9476 9799

Source Information:
New South Wales Police

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