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  1. #1
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    Sep 2004

    OH - Susan Wolff Cappel, 19, Newcomerstown, 16 March 1982

    Susan Wolff Cappel
    Missing since March 16, 1982 from Newcomerstown, Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: March 30, 1962
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 19 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5"; 110 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown, shoulder length hair; brown eyes. She is right handed.
    Marks, Scars: Scar on upper right lip.
    Dentals: Available. She has a crooked right front tooth and a discolored left front tooth.

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Wolff Cappel left the Thompson IGA store in Newcomerstown, Ohio after working for 4 hours and while walking to her mother's car, was stopped by an older model blue car. She spoke a few minutes to the driver, then walked around the car and got in on the passenger side of the car. The car drove off and Wolff Cappel hasn't been seen or heard from since. She left behind an 18 month old son. Her husband obtained a divorce from her after she had been missing for 1 and one half years, though he died in an automobile accident in September of 2003. She may be going by the name of Sue and married name of Cappel or maiden name of Wolff.

    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Tuscarawas County Sheriff

    Agency Case Number: 8206110
    NCIC Number: M-093285861
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The Official Website of Newcomerstown, Ohio
    The Times-Reporter
    The Doe Network: Case File 530DFOH

    Last edited by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed; 05-07-2010 at 11:39 PM. Reason: updated doe network link

  2. #2
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    Aug 2003
    I hope her parents will one day find out the truth. What a wonderful service these retired law officers are doing!!


    By Shelly Whitehead
    Post staff reporter


    Tom Loos Sr.,a retired Erlanger police officer and private investigator, with a photo of Susan Wolff Cappel who went missing March 16 1982.

    -- The Kentucky Society of Professional Investigators new Cold Case Unit will investigate cases at least 20 years old.
    -- The team has 13 members from four states, including retired Erlanger police Sgt. Tom Loos Sr., the team leader.
    -- Other investigators from the tri-state are from Williamstown, Cincinnati and West Chester, Ohio.
    -- The team will work free.

    She was 19, and a few weeks away from possibly winning custody of a toddler son who was the sole focus of her life.

    That's when Susan Wolff Cappel vanished from a tiny eastern Ohio town where everybody knows everybody else's business, but somehow, nobody has ever known what happened to her since she disappeared 24 years ago.

    Now, an all-volunteer unit of mostly Kentucky private investigators hoping to change that has opened a probe of the long-cold and never-solved case. It is the first investigation launched by the newly formed Cold Case Unit of the Kentucky Society of Professional Investigators, headed by private investigator and retired Erlanger police Sgt. Tom Loos Sr.

    Loos said members of the unit - formed from his 50-person organization of investigators and retired peace officers - will take on cases that have been inactive for at least 20 years. He said the unit is particularly interested in helping small law enforcement agencies with inadequate resources for cold case investigations.

    While searching for such a case in the Cincinnati area, Loos stumbled across a photo of Cappel's parents on a missing persons Web site. Though James and Judy Wolff live 215 miles from Northern Kentucky, Loos said he knew these were the people who needed his organization's help first.

    "I came across this picture with her mom and dad holding her picture and standing right where she went missing in the IGA parking lot ... and you could just see the frustration in their eyes with everything," said Loos, now an investigator for the Monohan & Blankenship law firm in Florence.

    "It was almost like this case was in some kind of suspension there. ... I felt as soon as I found it that this would be our first case."

    Cold case investigations often fall to the bottom of the of case file stacks, buried on detectives' desks at smaller police departments like those in and around Tuscarawas County where Cappel disappeared in 1982. Loos said though the case was originally investigated by police in and around Newcomerstown, a grand jury failed to return an indictment.

    Loos said both Cappel's family and the Tuscarawas County Sheriff's Department have welcomed the new attention to her case.

    "When I talked to the Tuscarawas Sheriff's detective captain, he said, 'If you could see the cases on my desk, and with the lack of personnel we have, we have very little time to get too involved in cold cases,'" Loos said.

    "And really that's the way it is nationally, simply because of limited resources."

    Tuscarawas Detective Captain Orvis Campbell said his agency took over the Cappel case file after the original investigative agency - the Newcomerstown Police Department - expressed no further interest in it. Campbell, who was 10 years old when Cappel vanished, said his agency as well as numerous private investigative businesses have probed her disappearance over the years. However, the Kentucky Society of Professional Investigators is the first private group to offer its services free of charge.

    "We've dug up property and old wells and interviewed tons of people over the years. ... And this family has been contacted by many private investigators and paid out tons of money over the years," Campbell said.

    "So I feel this family has been through so much, it can't do any harm. (Loos) promised never to charge a penny for anything. ... So I said there's nothing to lose. We absolutely support you because these people need some resolution. It has affected them their entire lives."

    Susan Cappel was last seen leaving her job at Thompson's IGA in Newcomerstown - population 4,000 - the evening of March 16, 1982. A co-worker told investigators that Cappel got into an older-model blue car that pulled up beside her as she walked to her vehicle in the supermarket parking lot that night.

    No trace of Cappel has been reported since.

    Compounding the task of Loos' team are two factors: a handful of people considered key to the case are dead, and most of the grand jury investigation records have been lost.

    When she disappeared, Cappel and her husband, Allen, were locked in a bitter divorce and battle for custody of their then-18-month-old son, Damin. Cappel was planning to spend the day after she disappeared with the boy and hoped to gain custody of him at a hearing three weeks later, Loos said.

    Though Allen Cappel was never charged and always maintained his innocence, Susan's parents have always suspected him in her disappearance. But in September 2003, he was killed in a traffic accident while working for the Ohio Department of Transportation.

    An auto crash also killed Allen's friends, Rick and Kelly Parish, two weeks after Susan's disappearance. Campbell said Rick Parish drove an older model blue car like the one Cappel was seen getting into the night she vanished, and investigators suspected that the Parishes might have had information about Cappel's disappearance.

    Though some allege that Susan Cappel left town of her own accord, her parents flatly reject that, saying she would never have abandoned her son. But, with the loss of case records, and the deaths of key persons of interest in the investigation, James and Judy Wolff had nearly lost hope for answers.

    Then, Tom Loos called.

    "As the years went by, I've thought, I may have to face the fact that I may never have an answer to this. I may have to learn just to live with this," Judy Wolff said.

    "Just some closure is what I want. I just want to know whether she actually was killed, because people say they're still wondering whether she was killed. I just think, 'How stupid!'... But, until they find a part of her body, I guess there'll always be a doubt in people's mind that my daughter is dead - until they actually prove that she is."

    That proof will be difficult to find, even with the complete attention of Loos and his fellow investigators - all of whom are working without pay for their time or expenses on the case.

    Loos said the cold case team must locate and interview almost 100 "persons of interest." The team also plans to take cadaver dogs to a Port Washington farm to search for evidence this winter. Loos said around the time of Cappel's disappearance, a witness reported seeing "suspicious digging" on the property, which he said was then owned by the Cappel family.

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  4. #4
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    Mar 2005
    Southern New Jersey
    Whatever happened to her son? He'd be 25 now, and I wonder if he has any information. Did the Parish's have any children? SOMEONE has to know where she is. The fact that she was involved in a "bitter" divorce is awfully suspicious. But why was the husband granted a divorce 1 1/2 years after she went missing if they were already in the middle of it?

  5. #5
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    Sep 2004

    Ohio case...

    Bumping this case up for your consideration. There is another thread about Ohio cases...

  6. #6
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    Apr 2006
    Northern Virginia
    Quote Originally Posted by bykerladi View Post
    But why was the husband granted a divorce 1 1/2 years after she went missing if they were already in the middle of it?
    If it's anything like Maryland divorce law, their original divorce case went into limbo after her disappearance, and he likely had it dismissed, then refiled citing abandonment after her disappearance. Since could be construed that she went willingly, I'm sure he was able to get a divorce with her absent. Much quicker than waiting to have her declared dead.

    If her husband also gained custody, which seems likely, then I'm sure that is the story that he reinforced to his son. I doubt that he allowed much access from her side of the family, so that would be the only story the child heard. So sad.

    If the husband did it, then it sounds like all involved are probably dead. The only way the true story would be known is if one of them told someone. It certainly sounds like she knew her killer.

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    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods

    Cold case heats up: Investigators confident they’ll solve Cappel case

    New Philadelphia Times Reporter (OH)
    Kathy Vaughan

    August 11, 2006

    I found this interesting:

    She left behind her purse, her paycheck, and her 18-month-old son. Cappel, going through a divorce and fighting for child custody, had been living with her parents, Judy and Jim Wolff of Newcomerstown.

    The link above has an article copy and pasted in full that I can't find an active link for on the internet at this time. Third posting.

    LE focused on her Husband. Her parents believe that whatever he knew he took to the grave with him.

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    Jan 2011
    Bumping for more interest.

  9. #9
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    Jan 2014
    Puerto Rico
    Her Charley Project profile mentions that a Bus Driver saw her in 1983 in Cleveland and asked to be left at a filling station in Newcomerstown instead of the bus stop. The driver left her at the bus stop and she ran in the direction of the filling station where Rick Parrish worked.

    Still unsolved.

  10. #10
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    Jun 2012
    I just submitted this to the case manager as a possible match:


    Hopefully it hits. Quite a few similarities.

  11. #11
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    Nov 2013
    But if the body was found the same year as Susan went missing, only 15 miles from the Ohio border, wouldn't the police have realised a connection at the time?

  12. #12
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    Jun 2012
    Quote Originally Posted by CoverMeCagney View Post
    But if the body was found the same year as Susan went missing, only 15 miles from the Ohio border, wouldn't the police have realised a connection at the time?
    One would assume, but she's not on the exclusions list (nobody is) so better safe than sorry ya know

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    Dec 2014
    Surrey, UK
    The following link is an article from February 2015 about a court hearing to declare Susan dead. It is quite long and provides a good summary of the last 30 years.


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