Image: Marianne circa 1967
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: April 27, 1967 from Kilbride, Ontario, Canada
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Age: 10 years old
Height and Weight: 4’6″; 75 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White Female, Brown hair, Blue/Green eyes, Marianne appears stopped and is very mild mannered
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red reversible jacket and the reverse color is beige, a green skirt, a blue sweater, and a pair of blue running shoes
Circumstances of Disappearance
Marianne Schuett was last seen in Kilbride, Ontario, Canada on April 27th 1967. She was last seen walking home from Kilbride school at approximately 4:00 pm. She never made it back home from school and was never seen or heard from again after her disappearance.
Authorities believe that Marianne was abducted by an unidentified man she was seen talking to on the day she disappeared. Two workers who were driving home from the nearby American Motors plant saw an unidentified man in a dark blue Renault Station wagon or small compact sized European model. The car may have been black or dark blue with a chrome section across the back.
The man was talking out the window to a young girl wearing a red coat. The men witnesses the girl get into the vehicle which drive straight past her home. Marianne wasn’t reported missing for several hours. An extensive search uncovered only one trace; Mariannes blue sneaker which was located in the Speyside area near Highway 25 in Milton.
Authorities created a composite sketch of her supposed abductor. The sketch bore a thin faced man who was 40 years old in 1967. He was also noted to have worn thin rimmed glasses and a canvas fedora. This man has not been identified. Many witnesses have come forward to say that they have seen this man after Schuett’s abduction. One witness reported that they saw a nervous looking man cleaning out his vehicle with a dry cloth two days after her disappearance.
The vehicle being cleaned was a dark blue Renault Station wagon and this sighting occurred in an empty picnic spot near Dundas. The witness was also able to get the plate number of the vehicle. The description of the man matches the description give by the American Motors men. This information was not released to the public nor was it investigated until 23 years later.
When Mariannes case was reopened, investigators looked into the leads about the vehicle and found that the license number did in fact belong to a dark blue Renault Station wagon that was owned by a man with a history of pedophilia. He was jailed 5 years after Schuett’s abduction for the attempted kidnapping of an 11 year old girl. She managed to get out of his reach and run from his car.
This individual has also been investigated for the sexual assaults of two young females between 1971 and 1978. The two victims came forward years later and accused him of the crimes but before anything could be done against him, he took his own life. Authorities stated they were planning on charging him with Marianne’s murder but there was insufficient evidence to do so and her body was never recovered.
Authorities do believe that the man was responsible for Mariannes abduction and presumed murder but they’ve staged it’s possible that someone else took the girl. Marianne remains missing and her abductor remains unidentified.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Royal Canadian Mounted Police or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS