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Case File 1591DFNV

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Stefanie Kelly Stroh
Missing since October 15, 1987 from Wells, Elko County, Nevada
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: September 26, 1966
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 21 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5"; 130 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: Brown birthmark on instep of right foot; pierced ears.
  • Clothing: Black shirt, black tank top, black corduroy pants, brown leather ankle high shoes. Wearing a wooden bead necklace and was carrying a pink purse and an orange sleeping bag.
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Stroh was last seen when she called her parents at the Four Way Cafe and Truck Stop in Wells, Nevada on October 15, 1987 at 10:15am.
She said she was coming home that night, was hitchhiking and had a ride.
Stroh had taken a year off from college to travel and was on her way home after spending 9 months abroad.
In October 1987, convicted serial killer Tommy Lynn Sells drifted through Nevada and worked briefly for a roofing company in the mining town of Winnemucca. There, he met Stefanie Stroh, who was hitchhiking across the country. In his confession, Sells said he offered her a ride to Reno, but along the way they pulled off the road to drop acid together. Sells choked the girl to death. Then, noticing a washtub and a bag of cement mix in the bed of the stolen truck he was driving, he anchored the girl's feet in the tub, waited overnight for the concrete to harden, and dumped her body into a nearby hot spring the next morning.

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

FBI - Las Vegas

Agency Case Number: LV-20144

NCIC Number: M143791547
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
California Department of Justice
Truth in Justice - Who Killed Joel? 7/24/03
San Jose Mercury News 11/22/98
NamUs MP# 15153
The San Francisco Chronicle 10/24/87

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