Toni Lynn Schiess

Above: Toni circa, 1980

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: May 24, 1980

Missing From: Palisades Reservoir, Bonneville County, Idaho

Classification: Lost, Injured Missing

Date Of Birth: December 18, 1969

Age: 10 years old

Height and Weight: 4’7″ and 65 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian Female, Brown hair, Toni wears eyeglasses

NCMEC Number: 1253260

Details of Disappearance

Toni was last seen with her father, Laddie Schiess, and a man named Larry Hill and his Son, Rex Hill in the Palisades Reservoir in Bonneville County, Idaho on May 24th 1980. They were all traveling on a 14 foot aluminum boat with 4 other passengers. The boat was owned by Laddie and all persons aboard were presage for a fishing trip.

When the boat was 100 yards away from shore and near the “Overlook at the Narrows”, it capsized and the passengers were plunged into the water. The weather that day was unpleasant and the waters were rough with a surface temperature between 47 and 51 degrees. Four of the other passengers were safely rescued but Rex, Toni, Laddie, and Larry vanished and could not be located. They were unable to reach the boat and the other passengers were unable to grab them.

The people rescued were 3 children, two of whom were siblings of Toni and Rex and the other was a 7 year old boy named Jimmy and his father, Peter Bates. Police and rescue teams searched extensively for the bodies of the missing but were unable to locate them. They are all presumed drowned.

Investigating Agency

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

Bonneville County Sheriffs Office 208-529-1200

Source Information

For The Lost

The Charley Project


Idaho Missing Persons Clearinghouse