Left and Right: Alexandria circa, 1989
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: October 26, 1989
Missing From: Radcliff, Hardin County, Kentucky
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: November 26, 1983
Age: 5 years old
Height and Weight: 2’9″ and 40 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial; Alexandria is White/Asian, Black hair, Brown eyes, Alexandria has a bliss colored mark at the base of her spine, she spoke Korean and broke English at the time of her disappearance and is of Korean descent, she may use the nickname “Alex”
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white blouse, a blue denim skirt, and beige or cream colored sneakers
Details of Disappearance
Alexandria Suleski was last seen in Radcliff, Kentucky on October 23rd 1989. She was last seen at approximately 2:00 pm while she played outside of her family’s home at the Duvall Mobile Home Park on South Wilson Road which is located near the 1100 block of Dixie Highway. She disappeared at some point afterwards and has never been seen again.
Her family reported her missing on October 26th and a huge search was undertaken to try and locate the little girl. Her family originally stated that Alexandria had wandered away. Authorities initially believed that Alexandria had possibly wandered off into one of the various sinkholes in the area. They soon figured that this is not what happened at all. After so much time had passed without finding Alexandria, investigators started to suspect foul play as a possible factor in the case.
After a month, authorities said they believed that Alexandria had been abducted by a stranger. This possibility was considered even more likely when sightings of Alexandria were called into authorities in the months after her disappearance. In at least one of these sightings, Alexandria was seen with an unidentified woman but it’s unclear what came of that lead. Various missing children agencies list her as a non family abduction.
In April of 1990, Alexandra’s father and stepmother, Thomas and Roxanne Suleski were arrested for child abduction as well as violating a custody order in relation to Alexandria and her sister, Dawn. Thomas was supposed to take Alexandria and Dawn on a vacation in August of 1989 but instead he moved the family to Kentucky.
Alexandria and Dawns biological mother had custody of them. After the move, Alexandria and her older sister lived with Roxanne, Thomas, and Roxanne’s older daughter, Nyssa Bruno. The 1990 charges were dropped due to lack of evidence and authorities were still uncertain as to what happened to Alexandria at the time.
In 1993, Thomas and Roxanne were charged with abusing, abducting, and killing Alexandria. Nyssa came forward to the FBI and wanted to speak to them about her stepsisters disappearance. She told them that on October 23rd 1989, Roxanne severely punished the child because she soiled herself. Alexandria was known to soil herself and this was said to enrage Roxanne.
Alexandria was previously abused by Roxanne. She once used a belt to beat her and made her stand in the corner with her underwear all night. She also once made the child eat jalapeño peppers. On the day she allegedly disappeared, Roxanne placed Alexandria into a garbage bag and made her stay in it. She checked the bag at one point and put that garbage bag with Alex in in another one because she spiked herself out of fear.
Nyssa testified that she heard gasping noises come from the bag. Alexandria was kept in the bags all day while her sisters were at school. Roxanne went to check on her the next day and found that she had died. She attempted to revive her and called Thomas and told him that the child had died. Instead of notifying the authorities of her death, Thomas buried her body in a box in the woods of Otter Creek Park in Meade County, Kentucky.
Nyssa feared what her mother and stepfather would do if she told anyone about what happened to Alex so she went along with their story that Alex disappeared while playing outside. She told Alexandria’s sister Dawn and then her father who called authorities. She wore a tape recording and discussed what happened to her sister with Tom.
In the tape, Thomas stated that in 1991 he went back to the site where Alex’s body was buried and destroyed her skull. He also stated he scattered Alexandria’s remains in another state. Both of the defendants maintained their innocence and said they never hurt Alex. They were convicted of all charges brought against them and sentenced to life imprisonment with a chance of parole in 25 years. There’s was a possibility that they could have received a death sentence for her murder.
In early 2001, The Suleski’s defense attorneys attempted to have their sentences pushed aside but the requests were denied and they remained in prison. In 2018, both of them came up for parole. Nyssa pleaded with the parole board not to let her mother out because she feared that Roxanne would come after her and her loved ones if she were let out. Roxanne waved her hearing and agreed to serve the rest of her life sentence.
In his hearing, Thomas said he was “stupid” and “weak” and didn’t actually play a part in his daughters death. He stated that Roxanne told him that Alex died from a sickness she had and he didn’t want anyone in his family to be hurt. He disposed of Alexandria’s body in order to protect his wife. Thomas and Roxanne have since divorced. Thomas also claimed that Alexandria had never been put in a garbage bag at all and was asleep in her bed when he left that morning.
Thomas was denied the possibility parole until 2028. He stated he hopes to be released and was trying to stop making such tragic decisions.
Alexandria has never been located despite her father and stepmothers conviction in relation to her murder. She remains listed as a missing child and her case is classified as a non family abduction.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Radcliff Police Department 502-351-5147