MISSING IN KANSAS: Stephanie Welch

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LAKIN, Kan. (KAKE) -

A woman went missing in western Kansas, and her case has remained a mystery for decades.

On Feb. 28, 2001, Stephanie Welch was last seen in Lakin, Kan. -- about 25 miles west of Garden City. According to government records, Stephanie had dropped off her kids at the babysitter’s house that morning. Stephanie was in the process of getting a divorce and had returned to her former home to pick up some items left behind. The car she was driving was found abandoned at a mobile home park southeast of town.

She was planning to get married that summer. If alive, she would be 42 years old today.


STEPHANIE WELCH

Missing from: Lakin, Kan.

Missing since: Feb. 28, 2001

Age then: 23

Age now: 42

Height: 5’8’’

Weight: 190 pounds

Hair: Curly brown

Eyes: Blue

Nickname/Alias: Stephanie Petersen

Distinguishing marks: belly button piercing; a tattoo on her back and right breast; a scar on her buttocks and right elbow.


If you have information that could help the case, contact the Kearny County Sheriff's Office at (620) 355-6211. KAKE News will feature the story of a missing person every weekday in our newscasts at 6 a.m. and 5 p.m. If you have a person you’d like for us to share a story about, please contact Anchor Annette Lawless at alawless@kake.com.

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