Left, center and right: Sparpana, circa 1985; Far right: Age-progression to 21 years (circa 2003)
Danyel Lou Sparpana
Missing since November 2, 1985 from West Sacramento, Yolo County, California.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Circumstances of Disappearance
Sparpana was last seen inside her family's residence in the 1900 block of Manzanita Way in West Sacramento, California on November 2, 1985. Her mother, Cynthia Sparpana, was found deceased inside the residence on November 5; she was a victim of homicide. None of Danyel's belongings were missing from their home.
Lionel Ernest Tholmer Jr. was named as the prime suspect in the Sparpanas' cases shortly afterward. Tholmer resided in Georgia, but returned to the Sacramento area to work at McClellan Air Force Base in the mid-1980s. He was convicted of Cynthia and Danyel's murders in November 1992. Danyel's remains have never been located.
If you have any information concerning Sparpana's case, please contact:
West Sacramento Police Department
You may remain anonymous when submitting information.
Agency Case Number:
NCMEC #: NCMC604481
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
Source Information: California Department Of Justice
The Sacramento Bee
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
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