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    Bianca Noel Piper (13) - Foley MO, 2005

    Missing Since: March 10, 2005 from Foley, Missouri
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: December 26, 1991
    Age: 13 years old
    Height and Weight: 5'6, 185 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Piper's nickname is B and some agencies refer to her as Bianca Tanner. She has scars on her arms and legs and a scar on her abdomen. Her ears are pierced. Piper may wear her hair in a ponytail.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A lime green blouse, a gray Adidas hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and white sneakers.
    Medical Conditions: Piper is mentally disabled; she has the capacity of a second-grader. She also suffers from attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and severe bipolar disorder, for which she was hospitalized in early childhood. Piper has mood swings, aggressive tendencies, periodic anxiety attacks, and difficulties with self-control as a result of her conditions; however, she often acts like a normal teenager and it may be difficult to tell she is ill. She takes several daily medications and if she does not take them, she may become disoriented and have hallucinations. Piper may be in need of medical attention.

    Details of Disappearance

    Piper was last seen at approximately 6:15 p.m. on March 10, 2005, when her mother dropped her off at McIntosh Hill Road in Foley, Missouri, about a mile from their home. Piper had been having anger management problems and had a tantrum about chores before her disappearance. Her doctor had advised Piper's mother to drive her a distance from home and make her walk back alone to deal with her aggression. Piper and her mother had tried the treatment only once prior to March 10, but it had been successful, and Piper requested that it be done again. She also asked to be dropped off further from home than she had before. She never arrived home and has never been heard from again. Her mother reported her missing at 8:20 p.m. Piper was carrying a flashlight at the time of her disappearance.

    Investigators at first believed Piper became lost on her way back home. If this theory is correct she would have succumbed to exposure in a short time; temperatures in the area the evening of her disappearance dropped below freezing. However, since an extensive search turned up no sign of Piper, authorities now think she may have been abducted. She has no history of running away from home. Her mother and her mother's live-in boyfriend have both passed polygraph tests, her biological father was extensively interviewed, and none of her family members are considered suspects in the case.

    In 2007, investigators began investigating Michael J. Devlin for possible involvement in Piper's disappearance and in several other cases, including the 1991 disappearance of Charles "Arlin" Henderson, and the 1988 disappearance of Scott Kleeschulte. Shawn Hornbeck, a fifteen-year-old boy who disappeared in 2002, and William "Ben" Ownby, a thirteen-year-old boy who was abducted in 2007, were both found alive and well in Devlin's house in January 2007. Ownby had been missing for five days and Hornbeck for over four years. Both boys had been held against their will by Devlin, who subequently pleaded guilty to kidnapping and child molestation and was sentenced to life in prison. Authorities initially suspected Devlin could be linked to other missing child cases, and formed a multi-jurisdictional task force to investigate this theory. In October 2007 the task force dissolved, as it could not find any evidence that Devlin was involved with children other than Hornbeck and Ownby.

    Piper was an eighth-grader at Winfield Middle School at the time of her disappearance and was in special education classes. Her teachers stated she is artistically talented. Her case remains unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lincoln County Sheriff's Office


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