Found or Missing
On October 11, 1993, Stephanie Crane was last saw at a bowling alley in her native Challis, Idaho. Surprisingly, the 9-year-old vanished shortly after, leaving her family in the dark and the police scrambling for information. The documentary “Disappeared: Into The Mist” on Inquiry Discovery details the bizarre series of incidents and demonstrates how the subsequent investigation went above and beyond in its quest for answers. Let’s examine the case carefully and learn more, shall we?
What Happened to Stephanie Crane?
Stephanie Crane, then age 9, grew up in a close-knit household in Challis, Idaho, with three additional siblings. She grew up loving the outdoors, was the oldest of her four siblings, and had a very strong relationship with her father. Along with her love of camping, fishing, and hunting, Stephanie also enjoyed bowling and was a fair bowler. She was actually playing in a bowling alley when she vanished and was a member of the juvenile bowling league.
According to reports, Stephanie’s mother picked up the 9-year-old from school on October 11, 1993, and dropped her off at a neighborhood bowling alley in Challis, Idaho. She spent a few hours there with her buddies practicing for the league. Interestingly, after the game, Stephanie did not wait for her mother to arrive; instead, she started to make her way toward what appeared to be her grandparents’ home. She respectfully declined the offer of a ride from one of her classmates’ mothers, explaining that she had to go to the high school soccer field.
So, according to the witnesses, the 9-year-old was last seen heading towards Challis High School at 6:00 pm. Surprisingly, Stephanie has vanished since then, leaving her loved ones growing more worried by the minute. The young girl’s mother eventually went to the police and reported her missing after she didn’t get home after sundown. The cops got to work right away and formed sizable search teams to scour the neighborhood. They searched every possible angle and even enlisted the aid of sniffer dogs, but to no effect.
Local law enforcement requested assistance from the FBI, Idaho State Police, and Idaho Fish and Game after realizing they needed additional people to join the search. They helped the police launch a boat crew to search the water for Stephanie, while two airplanes searched the surrounding areas for any evidence of the missing 9-year-old. Surprisingly, police continued to come up empty-handed, and as the days went by, Stephanie’s family started to fear the worst.
Is Stephanie Crane Missing or Found?
Sadly, Stephanie is still missing as of this date, therefore her present situation is unknown. The inquiry is still ongoing, according to the police, but her family is still holding out hope for her return. Curiously, locals reported seeing a strange truck parked close to Challis High School around the time Stephanie vanished, but the vehicle had vanished by the time police arrived. However, some of her pals asserted that a man was watching them at the bowling alley. Detectives used the man’s description to create a rough sketch of him, but this too proved to be fruitless.
In 2000, the police finally appeared to make progress when they learned of a vagrant who had been living nearby when Stephanie vanished. The show claimed that his cellar was the source of female screams and that his room contained female underwear. Interestingly, the drifter was brought in for interrogation, and despite failing a polygraph test, investigators were compelled to release him because they were unable to connect him to Stephanie’s missing person case.
However, when the authorities discovered that a guy by the name of Keith Glenn Hescock had reportedly abducted another girl in June 2002, he was also suspected of being involved in the 9-year-abduction. old’s Fortunately, the girl was able to run without losing her life. Hescock attempted to flee the scene, which resulted in a high-speed automobile chase that came to an end in the Bug Hole Mountains. Hescock reportedly fought the police before killing himself with a gun. He was at Challis when Stephanie vanished, and the police later discovered this, but they haven’t yet discovered anything that would link him to the case.
Though there is a sizable reward for any information regarding Stephanie’s whereabouts, sadly, nothing has changed since then. While her family continues to hold out hope for her safe return, the police maintain that the inquiry is still open.