Veronica Lenhart Safranski
Safranski, approximately 1996
Date and time person was reported missing : 10/26/1996
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 03/13/1956 (65)
Age at the time of disappearance: 40 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 110 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A Pocahontas costume and a Mary Kay ring with diamonds in the shape of the letter "S."
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes. Safranski's ears are pierced. Her nickname is Voni. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies may hyphenate her last name, as in "Lenhart-Safranski."
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Safranski attended a Halloween costume party with a friend at Mick's Bar and Grill in Warren, Minnesota on October 26, 1996. Her friend was unable to locate her inside the establishment at approximately 12:30 a.m.
Witnesses told authorities that Safranski and Kevin Skjerven were seen together around the same time. They departed from the restaurant in his black 1997 Dodge Power Wagon pickup truck with Oregon license plates. Safranski has never been heard from again.
Safranski was reported as a missing person later during the day. In late 1996, a belt believed to be part of her costume was found along a country road half a mile south of the crossing of Marshall County roads 8 and 6. An extensive search of the area failed to produce additional evidence as to her whereabouts.
Investigators said that Skjerven has a history of Gender : ual assault convictions. He admitted that he departed from Mick's Bar and Grill with Safranski, but claimed that he did not know what happened to her afterwards.
Skjerven has never been charged in connection with her disappearance. He was released from prison on unrelated charges in 2002.
Authorities said that there are many wooded areas in Marshall County where Safranski's remains could be easily concealed. Her body has never been located. Safranski resided in Argyle, Minnesota at the time of her disappearance. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Marshall County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Minnesota Department Of Public Safety
A missing person is a person who has disappeared and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and condition are not known. A person may go missing through a voluntary disappearance, or else due to an accident, crime, death in a location where they cannot be found (such as at sea), or many other reasons. In most parts of the world, a missing person will usually be found quickly. While criminal abductions are some of the most widely reported missing person cases, these account for only 2–5% of missing children in Europe.
By contrast, some missing person cases remain unresolved for many years. Laws related to these cases are often complex since, in many jurisdictions, relatives and third parties may not deal with a person's assets until their death is considered proven by law and a formal death certificate issued. The situation, uncertainties, and lack of closure or a funeral resulting when a person goes missing may be extremely painful with long-lasting effects on family and friends.
Several organizations seek to connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and imAge at the time of disappearance: s of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations, including the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), as well as national organizations, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the US, Missing People in the UK, Child Focus in Belgium, and The Smile of the Child in Greece.
Minnesota Public Radio
The Grand Forks Herald
Interactive Missing Person Search Map