Steven Allen Hafer
Missing since March 1989 from Grant's Lick, Campbell County, Kentucky
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Steven Hafer was last seen in late March 1989. Hafer's family reported him missing in 1992; they previously believed he was alive.
The Grants Lick man 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 his Smith and an accomplice as soon as he walked in the front door of his Grants 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.
Investigators Campbell County Police Department
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Campbell County Police Department
Agency Case Number: P92-2008
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