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OR WESTIE KNAUER: Missing from North Portland, OR - April 1987 - Age 31

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Scorpio, Nov 8, 2018.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Scorpio Bronze Member


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    Knauer, circa 1970 (seventeen years prior to her disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable
    • Missing Since 04/01/1987
    • Missing From North Portland, Oregon
    • Classification Missing
    • Date of Birth 09/02/1955 (63)
    • Age 31 years old
    • Height and Weight 5'8 - 5'9, 130 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Blonde hair, brown eyes. Knauer's nickname is West, and some agencies spell her middle name "Leda." She has previously fractured her ribs and right hip, and has pins implanted in her right leg.
    Details of Disappearance
    Knauer was last seen in North Portland, Oregon sometime in April 1987. She has never been heard from again, and was not reported missing for two months. Few details are available in her case.


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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    If she wasn't reported missing for a long time, I am going to assume she wasn't in regular contact with her family. I wonder where they thought she was the last time they heard from her?
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    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  6. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Driving Uninsured, Other traffic violations. No big deal. But when put together with 2 Theft Charges and Forgery. It seems She didn't live a "Law Abiding" life. Which may have put her in with people that were dangerous. Or She was running away from the charges. The "Missing Person Report" filed later, Makes me think She would disappear for a few days. But when it was longer than usual is when the "Report" was filed. The lack of pictures as she was older, That always seems strange to me. It may be out there, But maybe because of her problems with the Law, She wanted to stay under the radar. while running away certainly is possible. I am torn between the 2. But I think after all this Time, She would have contacted someone by now. So I lean towards "Foul play". It seems L.E. wasn't looking to hard. Questioning friends and family.???
  7. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    I took it that way. No other.:)
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  8. Sunburst

    Sunburst Bronze Member

    Police took air and saliva samples from Gary Ridgeway on April 7, 1987, according to Wikipedia. He was known to transport some of his victims' bodies across state lines into Oregon to dispose of them. At least 3 of his known victims are still unidentified. He targeted women and teens who were living risky lifestyles.

    So Westie wasn't reported missing until June, 1987?
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  9. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    According to reports, no.

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