Amy Lee Fandel

Left: Amy circa 1978 Right: Age Progressed to age 45

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: September 5, 1978 from Sterling, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Date Of Birth: August 25, 1970

Age: 8 years old

Height and Weight: 4’0″; 52 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: White Female, Blonde hair, Brown eyes

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A sweater, a red/blue vest, and a pair of striped jeans

Circumstances of Disappearance

Amy was last seen with her brother, Scott, on September 5th 1978. They were last seen the evening before by their mother and aunt. They were at a bar/restaurant known as Good Time Charlie’s. At around 10:00 pm, the children were dropped off at their home. It was located in a heavily wooded area off of Scout Lake Road. A street light was usually lit in the front of the house. The house did not have a working lock on it which mean’t anyone could enter the home. The children visited the Lupton children. They were their next door neighbors and closest friends. They walked to school everyday together. After they were finished playing they returned to the residence. The children were never seen again.

Their mother, Margaret, and aunt, Cathy, returned to the residence between 2:00 am or 3:00 am. They noted that the lights were out. This was unusual as both Amy and Scott were afraid of the dark and usually left the lights on at night. A package of macaroni and a can of tomatoes lay open on the counter. Scott usually had a snack of macaroni before bed.

A pot of water was boiling and it seemed as though he had been disrupted while making it. His mother assumed the two had spent the night at the Lupton house so she retired to bed. She went to work at 8:30 am.

Cathy assumes that both children were at school for the day. When Margaret tried to phone Amy at school, the teacher or principal stated that neither child was at school. She was worried but she could not leave work. Their aunt also got worried when the Lupton children came to the Fandel residence and inquired to where Amy and Scott were. They stated the two never arrived at school and never spent the night at their home. The police were immediately notified of the Fandel children disappearance.

The police immediately assumed that something bad must’ve happened to the two children. It’s been believed for years that both children were abducted from their residence. Only one person has ever been named in the disappearances and that is Amy’s biological father, Roger Fandel. Authorities believed he may have been involved in the cases. He was never charged with there presumed abductions though and there is no evidence pointing to their fates. A girlfriend of Rogers came forward and requested a big amount of money in exchange for a well explained description of the children’s fate. Roger was eventually deemed as an unlikely suspect.

The children’s maternal uncle, Terry, believes that Amy is alive and lives somewhere else and is not aware that she was abducted. He believes that Scott was killed shortly after the kidnapping.

The case remains unsolved. Its believed that both children were abducted by a non family member.

Investigating Agency

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

Alaska State Troopers 907-262-4453

NCMEC Number: 601234

Source Information:

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The Charley Project

The Doe Network

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