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ID STEVEN PEARSALL: Missing from Lewiston, ID - 12 September 1982 - Age 35

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Akoya, May 19, 2017.

  1. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    Laurie Partridge was 17 when she vanished in South Spokane, Washington. She was last seen on her way home from school near the intersection of 37th and Havana Street. December 4, 1974.

    Robyn Ann Pettitnato was last seen walking towards the Whitefish, Montana softball field. July 5, 1975. She was 14.

    Nancy Lynn Kirkpatrick was 16 when she vanished without a trace on April 21, 1976, in Columbia Falls, Montana. She was walking home from a babysitting job in the neighborhood, but never arrived at her house.

    Gayla Schaper was l28 when her husband dropped her off at a pasture near the family's dairy farm on Lenville Road southeast of Moscow, Idaho on June 29, 1979.

    Christina White was 12 when she was last seen in Asotin, Washington on April 28, 1979.

    Kristen David was 22 when she last seen on Friday, June 26, 1981, riding her bicycle from Moscow to her summer job at the Twin City Food Plant in nearby Lewiston, Idaho. On July 4, 1981, Kristen's remains were found in the river.
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  2. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member


    I’m familiar with these cases, having lived in Genesee as well as Lewiston Idaho, and I’ve never thought the Kristen Davis case fit with the others, her murder was horrific, and brutal, if memory serves Voss neither owned a van nor fit the physical description given by the young man in Genesee Idaho. And the rumors were, she was dismembered at the Sacajawea Motel..not exactly something a local man would do. Especially given the small size of the motel..anyhoo just my two cents.


    Postcard, Sacajawea Lodge, Lewiston, ID: “Lewiston's largest and most up-to-date accommodations…Area's largest heated pool. Direct Dial phones.
  3. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Lewiston law enforcement gives fresh look at unsolved 1982 killings

    Hoping to take advantage of advances in DNA technology, the Lewiston Police Department announced a renewed effort Tuesday to try to solve the 35-year-old unsolved killings of two women and the disappearance of a man from the same night in 1982.

    On the night of Sept. 12, 1982, Steven Pearsall, then 35, was dropped off at the Lewiston Civic Theater around midnight. He planned to practice his clarinet but he disappeared, according to archives from the Lewiston Police Department.

    The same night, Jacqueline “Brandy” Miller, 18, and her stepsister, Kristina Nelson, 21, both disappeared as well. Their bodies were found two years later near Kendrick, about 27 miles northeast of Lewiston.

    “Pearsall has never been found and is not considered a suspect,” according the police archives.

    After more than two decades without answers, the Nez Perce County Prosecutor’s Office has formed a “cold case unit” of investigators, prosecutors and staff to review the case to finally bring answers, Prosecutor Justin Coleman said in a news release.

    “You never know when a key piece of evidence might break loose,” Coleman said. “There are a few areas of interest that could bear some fruit in this investigation. But it involves a slow review to make sure we cover everything.”

    One goal is to submit items collected in 1982 for more advanced DNA testing.

    The unit is also working with the Asotin County Sheriff’s Office, which investigated a similar disappearance three years earlier – in 1979 – that investigators previously believed was linked to the 1982 disappearances.

    In that case, Christina White, 12, disappeared on April 28, 1979, from the Asotin County Fair.

    In 1998, Lewiston police Lt. Al Johnson said he believed Kristen David, a University of Idaho student from Lewiston, also fell prey to the same suspect. It was the first time police publicly announced David’s death might be linked to the others.

    She was 22 when she disappeared in 1981 while riding her bike from Moscow to Lewiston. Eight days later, her headless torso and leg were found along the Snake River in Clarkston. Then the dismembered head, arms and part of a leg were found downriver.

    According to Spokesman-Review archives, investigators in 2009 noted that three of the four female victims had similar names: Kristen, Christina and Kristina.

    “Three of the four, all about the same height, same name, you kind of start looking at that like, yeah, maybe,” Willie Russell, a Lewiston police detective, said in 2009.

    Authorities at the time publicly announced that they had a person of interest, but they never arrested or named the suspect.

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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Cracking Civic Theatre Cold Case Consumes the Valley

    “This case has always entrenched this valley," said Lewiston police Lt. Budd Hurd.

    September 12th, 1982, Kristina Nelson and Brandy Miller, step-sisters and best friends, left their home in the normal hill neighborhood, to walk to the grocery store. "The two girls were walking in or near the Theatre," said Lt. Hurd.

    The Lewiston Civic Theatre is the focal point of an investigation that went cold years ago. Both women were familiar with the theatre and law enforcement believes they went inside. They vanished that night, but there was another person in the theatre as well Steven Pearsall. "Everything suggests he was there that night." He worked at the Civic Theater, and a witness saw him go inside on the night of September 12th, 1982. "There are so signs of him anywhere,” explained Lt. Hurd, “nothing's ever come up. We've never found anything tied to him since that time.”

    A year and half later, on the side of the Kendrick grade, the bodies of Kristina Nelson and Brandy Miller were found murdered, and presumed dumped by the killer. But now, 35 years after the disappearance and murders, the items collected at the scene are breathing new life into this case. "Thinking about how long it's been since these items have been tested we thought, hey, let's pick a few of these things and send them in to an independent lab and have them tested again with new technology, things that weren't available back 35 years ago,” said Lt. Hurd. He is part of a new cold case task force. They will be sending items from the scene in for DNA testing.

    "The person that lived in the house where Christina White was last scene was also working that night in the theatre where they all disappeared," she said. "So we're trying to pull all these cases together,” said Lt. Hurd.

    This suspect was questioned around the time of the murders, and he admitted to being in the theatre on that night. "He was interviewed, and toward the end he lawyered up or he took his rights and said he wasn't going to talk to us anymore. So that ended it, so we haven't been able to talk to him since," he said. The suspect then moved across the county, but detectives are hopeful, testing for DNA may help bring him back into the investigation. "If there is a DNA developed that's unknown then obviously that's going to peak our interest and we're going to try and figure out who that is, especially if that comes back as a male profile." Lt. Hurd said if they find a male DNA profile that they cannot match they may be able to take this one step closure to getting a sample from the suspect. "What we would have to do, if we were able to is, get basically, a detainer is like a warrant and we would have him come in, to where ever and have a DNA sample taken,” he explained. He also says even if they find DNA it does not mean it will match the suspect, but he is hopeful that this could not only solve this case, but also the Christina White case, and potentially others. "Other experts have looked at it not only here but in California, Texas, there are some people even back in North Carolina that have worked some cases that they feel like are linked," said Lt. Hurd.

    But overall, the goal isn't only getting justice, but answers. "If they're able to get any breakthrough in their case I'm hoping there may be a domino effect and bring some resolution to my case here in Asotin County," Det. Nichols said. "You never know what's going to click and trip a case so It could be one person that could say, hey you know what, I remember this happened and I never told anyone,” Lt. Hurd said, “I think we all would like to find come closure to this."

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  6. Crescent Crow

    Crescent Crow New Member

    Law enforcement is on the fence about Kristen David and the more research that is done into Lance Voss's past the more likely a suspect he becomes. There is not any evidence that suggests that Kristen David was murdered and dismembered at the Sacajawea lodge. The brown van was described by a witness that went under hypnosis and remains to be a theory so to say.
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  7. Crescent Crow

    Crescent Crow New Member

    This was wonderful news for the families who are seeking answers and justice after so many years. Forensics has made so advances in the recent years and cold cases are being solved that have been cold for decades.
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  8. Crescent Crow

    Crescent Crow New Member

    Steven Pearsall worked with Lance Voss building sets at the Lewiston Civic Theater most of the day and into early evening on September 12, 1982. His girlfriend picked him up to go to a party at Tomato Bros. His girlfriend dropped him off at the Lewiston Civic Theater around midnight and saw him enter the building, an officer with the Lewiston Police Department on patrol drove by and also saw him enter the building. Lance Voss stated that he left the Lewiston Civic Theater and went to Red Baron Pizza and watched the movie The Fog which he stated ended at 11pm. He returned to the theater to finish doing some rigging and while he was in the rafters he fell and hurt his back. He decided to lay down in the green room of the theater and fell asleep until and did not wake up until almost 5am. He claims that he did not see or hear Steven Pearsall enter the theater. According to the TV Guide and the Lewiston Tribune the TV listing for September 12, 1982 the movie The Fog ran until midnight. This is just one of the holes in his account of the evening.
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  9. Crescent Crow

    Crescent Crow New Member

    That is Lance Jeffery Voss taken in mid 80's. This is a photo of him taken around 2012. 945916_216322588516185_458057395_n.jpg
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  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Thank you for this insight! :welcome: to our little group!
  11. Crescent Crow

    Crescent Crow New Member

    This is Lance Voss. I have done a lot of research on him including finding a photo of him taken in 2012 posted on one of his family member's Facebook page. 486769_205044579643986_1487236731_n.jpg
  12. Crescent Crow

    Crescent Crow New Member

    Yes Voss bought a home in Matthews, North Carolina and is currently living there. He is not working for the US Postal Service and his wife Patricia lost her job shortly after the show Dark Minds did an episode on the five victims in the Lewis - Clark Valley and her husband Lance Voss was the main suspect in the cases. He is involved with Renaissance Faires and travels to Joseph, Oregon occasionally to attend the Joseph Rodeo.

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