Left and Center: Toni circa, 1981
Right: Age Progressed to age 48
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: November 5, 1981
Missing From: Clairton, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: May 31, 1967
Age: 14 years old
Height and Weight: 5’2″ and 105 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Blonde hair, Hazel eyes, Toni has a mole on the left side of her neck and her ears are both pierced
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black jacket with Toni imprinted on the front and “Clairton Band” imprinted on the back with orange trim around the waist and cuffs
NCMEC Number: 603360
Details of Disappearance
Toni was last seen in Clairton, Pennsylvania on November 5th 1981. She left her family’s residence located in the 900 block of Van Kirk Street and was walking to a Pep Rally at her high school. The high school was located approximately 2 blocks away from her home.
Toni was last sighted at 7:15 pm as she was walking on Miller Avenue and Mitchell Avenue which was across the street from the bar that her mother worked at. Toni never arrived to the rally and never returned home. She was never seen or heard from again.
Authorities initially believed that Toni had runaway from home but as time passed and no one heard from Toni, they started to consider other options as to how she disappeared. They’ve considered the possibility that Toni was abducted by a non family member.
Investigators consider Toni’s father, Sam Chiappetta, as a possible suspect in Toni’s disappearance. There were several reports of domestic abuse that occurred within the family home and it’s believed that Sam was abusing Toni and possibly her sisters. Before her disappearance, Toni did not want to be at home and for a period, she lived with her grandparents in 1981.
Toni’s mother, Audrey, told investigators that she withheld information about her daughters disappearance. When she arrived home from work that night, she saw the blouse that Toni had worn to school that day was hanging on the basement laundry line. This shows that Toni had arrived from school that evening.
Audrey told investigators that she did not tell authorities of the blouse early on in the investigation because she feared Sam. Investigators believe that Sam killed Toni in the home that night and disposed of her body somewhere else in the area. He was never charged with his daughters disappearance and died in 2004.
Another possible suspect in the case arose in 2001. Toni’s former neighbor and family friend, Dean Maskin, was questioned in relation to Toni’s disappearance in August of 2001. He had sexually assaulted another woman in the area that same year in 2001. He was originally interviewed in 1981 after Toni went missing.
Toni’s family said she would have trusted Maskin at the time of her disappearance. Investigators are not sure if he was involved in her case. He was never charged with anything in relation to Toni’s case.
Toni remains missing and her case is unsolved. Her sisters are still alive and hope for closure in her disappearance. Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Pennsylvania State Police 412-929-6262