Left and Center: Scott circa, 1988
Right: Age Progressed to age 32
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: June 8, 1988
Missing From: St. Charles, St. Charles County, Missouri
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: April 12, 1979
Age: 9 years old
Height and Weight: 4’4″ and 60 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Male, Brown hair, Blue eyes, Scott has a small scar on his chin, three moles on his face, and freckles across his nose
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black t-shirt that says “Rude Dog”, khaki pants, and red and black high top sneakers
NCMEC Number: 709798
Details of Disappearance
Scott Kleeschulte was last seen in St. Charles, Missouri on June 8th 1988. He was last seen at some point between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm when he left his home on Leverenz Drive and was supposedly walking down Ken Drive towards West Adams at the time. Witnesses saw Kleeschulte walking down the neighborhood.
A huge thunderstorm affected the area of St. Charles that day. Witnesses saw him walking before and after the storm hit. He has never been seen or heard from again. Extensive searches of the area were undertaken in attempting to locate Scott. Bloodhounds were used in the search, they were able to track Scott’s scent for approximately 5 miles northeast on Fox Hill Road. They lost the scent after that.
Authorities also searched various man-made tunnels and caves and dredged streams but no evidence relating to Scott was ever found. Some have suggested the possibility that Scott drowned in a flash flood that affected the region after the storm. There is no evidence to prove Scott got into any type of catastrophe that day.
Scott’s family and authorities investigating his disappearance believe he was the victim of a non family abduction. Some have suggested that Scott’s disappearance is connected to the Missouri 1991 abduction of Charles Henderson but no evidence was ever found to connect the two.
In 2007, Michael J. Delvin was named as a possible suspect in Scott’s disappearance. He was also named in Charles case as well as the 2005 disappearance of Bianca Piper.
On October 6th 2002, Michael abducted 11 year old Shawn Hornbeck from Richwoods, Missouri while he rode his bike. His disappearance remained unsolved for nearly 5 years until Michael took another boy, William Ownby Jr., in January of 2007.
Several days after William’s presumed abduction, he and Shawn were both located at Delvin’s residence. Shawn identified himself to police when they entered Michael’s residence. He was considered a suspect in Ownby’s disappearance because of his criminal record and his vehicle was seen in the area that William vanished from.
Delvin was charged with both abductions as well as child molestation. He was sentenced to life in prison. Authorities suspected that Delvin could have been linked to other missing children and created a task force dedicated to finding this information. In October of 2007, the task force split due to the fact that they had no evidence of Delvin’s involvement in any other case.
In 2013, a Florida inmate, Chuck Miceli. came forward and claimed he had information regarding what happened to Scott on the day of his disappearance. He stated that a former inmate was the one who abducted Scott and that he wanted to give this information to ensure “absolute transparency” in the investigation. He claims he not only knows what happened to Scott but also 13 to 15 other abductions and killings of children and woman between 1978 to 2005 by the same individual.
Miceli was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2010 on charges of federal fraud. His claims of Scott’s disappearance have since been dismissed and the investigation into his claims turned up no new evidence his case.
In 2011, authorities were given a tip which led them to a home not far from where Scott lived. They brought in cadaver dogs and drilled holes in the garage floor and other areas which surrounded the home. Nothing was found in that search.
Scott’s disappearance remains unsolved. His parents are still alive and they both live in the same house that Scott resided with them in 1988. They hope to find closure in his case.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
St. Charles Police Department 314-949-3300