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1831DMKY - Steven Allen Hafer

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

Physical Description

Date of Birth: August 10, 1956
Age: 32 yurs old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 240 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Nickname/Alias: Allen Hafer; Dwayne Kaiser
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints:Not Available
DNA: Not Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Blue jeans and white t-shir.t
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: White gym shoes.

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.

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.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Campbell County Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Det. Lt. Dennis Lehmkuhl
Agency Phone Number: 859-547-3100
Agency E-Mail:
Agency Case Number: P92-2008

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 7016

Information Source(s)

Campbell County Police Department

Admin Notes

Added: 6/24/2008; Last Updated: 6/20/2017

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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