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AK SCOTT FANDEL & AMY FANDEL: Missing from Sterling, AK - 4 Sept 1978 - Age 13 & 8

Discussion in 'Missing 1900 to 1979' started by ~Lyric~, Jul 5, 2015.

  1. ~Lyric~

    ~Lyric~ Bronze Member

    Amy age 8 and age progression of what she might look like todayat age 40 (2010)

    DOB: Aug 25, 1970
    Age Now:44
    Missing: Sep 5, 1978
    Missing From: STERLING, AK
    Sex: Female
    Race: White
    Hair: Blonde
    Eyes: Brown
    Height: 4'0"
    Weight: 52lb

    NamUS: MP # 6049
    Case Report:

    Scott at age 13, and what he might look he might look like today at age 46. (2010)

    DOB: Jan 23, 1965
    Age Now:50
    Missing: Sep 5, 1978
    Missing From:STERLING, AK
    Sex: Male
    Race: White
    Hair: Brown
    Eyes: Blue
    Height: 4'11" (150cm)
    Weight: 74lbs

    NamUS MP# 6050
    Case Report:

    Amy and Scott Fandel were last seen at their trailer home. Amy was wearing a sweater, a red and blue vest and striped jeans. Scott was wearing a striped T-shirt and jeans.

    Charley Project, Amy:

    Charley Project, Scott:

    The children had spent part of the evening at Good Time Charlie's, a bar and restaurant in town, with their mother Margaret and their visiting aunt Cathy Schonfelder. Around 10:00pm, the women dropped the children back off at the cabin, returned to the bar for several hours, then went home to bed in the two-room cabin between 2:00 and 3:00am. Whether they did or did not check on the children has been a point of debate on several internet forums.

    Margaret awoke the following morning to find the children gone, but assumed they had already left for school. That afternoon, Amy and Scott did not return home and when their close confidants, the Lupton children who lived a short walk away, came looking for them, Margaret phoned the police in a panic to report her children missing.

    Police were unable to lay out exactly what happened to the Fandel children that night from the evidence at the scene. Margaret and her sister Cathy had reportedly come home from the bar to find a pot of boiling water on the stove with a package of macaroni nearby.


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  2. ~Lyric~

    ~Lyric~ Bronze Member

    Brown-eyed Amy Fandel has blonde wavy hair and a gap-toothed smile in a photo on a flyer. She was 8 years old when she and her 13-year-old brother, Scott C. Fandel, went missing from their Sterling cabin home.

    The last time their mother saw them was September 5, 1978. Her daughter was sporting a sweater, blue vest and stripped jeans. Scott Fandel wore a striped shirt and blue jeans.

    That night was nothing out of the ordinary. The duo had accompanied mother Margaret Fandel and aunt Cathy Schonfelder to dinner at the bar and restaurant Good Time Charlie’s. At approximately 10 p.m., they were dropped off at home. Their mother and aunt returned to the bar.

    The cabin the kids returned to didn’t have a lock on the front door and was in a heavily wooded area.

    After being dropped off they visited with the neighbor kids. At 11:45 p.m. another passing neighbor said lights were on in their cabin.

    Between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m., the children’s mom and aunt returned from the bar and found a boiling pot of water, a macaroni package and an open can of tomatoes on the counter. To Margaret Fandel this was normal. She assumed her son had fallen asleep while cooking up his favorite bedtime snack.

    The next morning when Margaret Fandel left for work her kids weren’t there. This too seemed normal. All that changed when she attempted to call her daughter at school. School officials informed her neither child had made it to class that day.

    Bullet shell casings were later found near the cabin. Authorities were never able to determine if they were related to the case. For many years Amy Fandel’s father was a person of interest in the case. Many theories regarding his involvement were speculated upon. There was never evidence to support the supposition.

    Today the siblings would be in their late 40s. An online web page has computer-generated photos of what both children may now look like. Scott Fandel has brown hair, a straight smile, blue eyes and the face of man. His sister’s smile has straightened out. She no longer looks like the doe-eyed girl she was the last time her family saw her.

    Their cases are considered a non-family abduction.

    Some years later their childhood home burned down, leaving the lost children with no place to return to.

    *This came from a news report but the link is now a dead one*
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  3. ~Lyric~

    ~Lyric~ Bronze Member

  4. ~Lyric~

    ~Lyric~ Bronze Member

    Amy and her older brother Scott, were last seen during the evening hours of September 4, 1978. They had been at Good Time Charlie's, a bar/restaurant in Sterling, Alaska until approximately 10:00 p.m. that night with their mother, Margaret, and a visiting aunt, Margaret's sister Cathy Schonfelder. The women brought Scott and Amy back to their cabin at that time and then returned to the bar by themselves.

    The cabin the Fandels lived in had two bedrooms and was located in a rural, heavily wooded area off Scout Lake Road, half a mile from Sterling Highway, and south of Sterling. It had a single bright streetlight out front. The front door lock did not work. The cabin burned down after the Fandel children's disappearances.

    Scott and Amy visited their next-door neighbors, the Lupton family, after their mother and aunt dropped them off. They were very close to the Lupton children and walked with them to school each day. After playing with the Luptons, they went home again. A neighbor passing by at 11:45 p.m. noticed lights on in the Fandels' cabin. Margaret and Cathy arrived back home between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m. on September 5, 1978 to find the lights out. This is unusual; Scott and Amy were afraid of the dark and usually left the lights on at night. A package of macaroni and an open can of tomatoes sat on the kitchen counter, and a pot of water was boiling on the stove. It appeared as if Scott had been interrupted in the process of preparing a macaroni snack, which he liked to eat before bed.

    Assuming that the children were sleeping at the Luptons' house, Margaret and Cathy retired for the night. Margaret left for work at approximately 8:30 a.m. that morning; Cathy awoke at 12:00 p.m. and assumed Scott and Amy were at school for the day. Margaret tried to call Amy at school that morning and was told the child hadn't arrived. She became worried, but her boss would not left her leave work. The Lupton children arrived at the Fandels' home after school and inquired as to Scott and Amy's whereabouts. Cathy learned that neither child had attended classes that day, nor had they spent the night at the neighbor's house. She called Margaret, who immediately summoned the police.

    Scott and Amy have never been seen again. Bullet casings were later found outside the cabin; it is unknown if they have anything to do with Scott and Amy's disappearances. Scott's motorcycle, a Yamaha YZ80 worth over $3,000 and said to be his most prized possession, was left behind. Margaret moved to Illinois after her children's disappearances. Scott's biological father also lives in Illinois.

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  5. ~Lyric~

    ~Lyric~ Bronze Member

    Margaret moved to Illinois after her children's disappearances. Scott's biological father also lives in Illinois. The children's maternal uncle, Terry Schonfelder, believes Amy's father, Roger D. Fandel, may be involved in her and her brother's disappearances. Roger left Margaret and the children in Jaunary 1978, nine months prior to Scott and Amy's disappearances, and moved to Arizona. Margaret tried to reach him immediately after Scott and Amy vanished but could not, although his relatives whom she spoke to said he did not know the children's whereabouts. Shortly after their abductions, Roger flew to Alaska to assist in the search for them. He is not Scott's biological father, but had been playing that role since Scott was two years old and the two of them were very close.

    Years after the children's disappearances, a woman who had been Roger's girlfriend in 1978 allegedly asked for $5,000 from Roger's uncle in exchange for her telling him the children's fates. Roger has not been charged in connection with Scott and Amy's apparent abductions, however, and neither has anyone else. Investigators considered him a suspect in the cases for many years, but no longer believe he was involved. Terry believes Amy is alive and living in Anchorage, Alaska; Lompoc, California; or Drummond, Montana, but that Scott was killed shortly after being abducted. No evidence has been found to support any theory.

    Scott was in the eighth grade at the time of his disappearance and was an average student. He is described as streetwise, a prankster and very protective of his sister. Amy and Scott's cases remain unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Alaska State Troopers

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    ~Lyric~ Bronze Member

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  7. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    The Theories of the Fandel Children’s Disappearance

    The mystery of what happened to Amy and Scott Fandel has baffled police, and now web sleuths, for nearly four decades.

    The theories of what could have happened that night have captivated internet detectives. Were the kids abducted by a stranger who overheard they were going to be left alone at their cabin that night? What about the children’s biological father, who had recently left the family after what some called a turbulent marriage to Margaret? Could he have been behind their disappearance? Other theories suggest that a friend of Margaret’s might have kidnapped the children and possibly killed them. Scott was described as a prankster, but he was extremely protective of his sister Amy. Some have argued that he may have gone along with someone if it meant he thought it would protect his sister.

    Despite the ideas floating through cyberspace, Amy and Scott’s case remains unsolved and no persons of interests or official suspects have ever been named.

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  9. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I don't think "The Mother" Murdered them. But NOT TELLING THE WHOLE TRUTH! The "Mother" states Her and their "Aunt" dropped them off at 10. Say "Scott" started making the "Mac and cheese" around "Midnight". "Mother" stated they returned 2-3 A.M. BOILING WATER EVENTUALLY BOILS AND EVAPORATES INTO NOTHING. THEN PAN WILL START TO SCORCH! WITH THAT AMOUNT OF TIME ELAPSED, THIS WOULD BE THE CASE!

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