Patricia Ruth Spahn
Spahn, approximately 1975
Date and time person was reported missing : 02/11/1975
Missing location (approx) :
East Dubuque, Illinois
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 01/10/1952 (69)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A long green coat, a pink shirt and dark blue pants. Carrying a large green leather purse with straps.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, blue eyes. Spahn wore wire-rimmed eyeglasses at the time of her disappearance. She may use the name Stacy.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Spahn was last seen on Sinsinawa Avenue in East Dubuque, Illinois at approximately 2:00 a.m. on February 11, 1975.
She had left a bar beforehand and is believed to have been headed to a party. She was accompanied by an unidentified Caucasian male at the time; the individual is described as approximately 26 years old, 5'9 tall with wire-rimmed eyeglasses and full mustache. Spahn has never been heard from again.
In 2005, Spahn's case received attention when authorities checked to see if her remains were buried under the swimming pool at the Best Western Dubuque Inn in the 3400 block of Dodge Street in Dubuque, Iowa.
The establishment was being demolished and investigators stood by to make sure there was no sign of Spahn's remains. The pool area was excavated down to five feet, but no evidence was located and Spahn's case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
East Dubuque Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
The Dubuque Telegraph Herald
The Iowa Channel
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October 12, 2004. March 3, 2016; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
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