Steven Allen Hafer
Name: Steven Allen Hafer
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: March 1, 1989
Location Last Seen: Grant's Lick, Campbell County, Kentucky
Date of Birth: August 10, 1956
Age: 32 yurs old
Weight: 240 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: Allen Hafer; Dwayne Kaiser
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
Dentals: Not Available
DNA: Not Available
Clothing: Blue jeans and white t-shir.t
Additional Personal Items: White gym shoes.
Steven Hafer was last seen in late March 1989. Hafer's family reported him missing in 1992. They previously believed he was alive.
He was married to his high school sweetheart and had two young daughters. In March of 1989, however, he was having marital problems and getting a divorce. When he went missing his family thought he took some time and went off by himself to get his head and life together and would show up.
In June 2008 police arrested his brother-in-law, David Lee Smith, in his murder. According to police, Hafer was attacked by Smith and an accomplice as soon as he walked in the front door of his Grant's Lick home. The two men assaulted Hafer and then suffocated him. They buried his body near the Licking River in Campbell County. Police believe Steven's wife played a minor role in helping cover up the crime. Police had met with prosecutors in 1995 but determined they did not have enough evidence to file any charges in the murder.
In 2009 David Lee Smith received five years in prison for his role in dumping Hafer's body. He previously pleaded guilty to tampering with physical evidence in the case. The body of Steven Hafer has never been found. Since his disappearance, an old house near the grave has been burned by firefighters during a drill, the land has become overgrown and flood waters have submerged it at least once, making current searches for the remains futile.
Agency Name: Campbell County Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Det. Lt. Dennis Lehmkuhl
Agency Phone Number: 859-547-3100
Agency E-Mail: email@example.com
Agency Case Number: P92-2008
NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 7016
Campbell County Police Department
Added: 6/24/2008; Last Updated: 6/20/2017
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.