Name: Cheryl Spaeth
Classification: Endangered Missing Adult
Alias / Nickname: Cheryl A. Duvall
Date of Birth: 1950-07-16
Date Missing: 1988-10-01
From City/State: Manitowoc, WI
Missing From (Country): USA
Age at Time of Disappearance: 38
Height: 62 inches
Weight: 100 pounds
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Identifying Characteristics: 13 sets of ribs (Adams Ribs), decayed teeth, previously fractured foot.
Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Cheryl was last known to be in the Manitowoc, WI area in the fall of 1988.
Investigative Agency: Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Dept.
Phone: (920) 683-4200
Investigative Case #: S88-10205
Details of Disappearance
Duvall was last known to be in the Manitowoc, Wisconsin area in the autumn of 1988. Her ex-husband reported her missing on October 1 of that year. She has never been heard from again. Duvall’s ex-husband stated she was a good mother and it was uncharacteristic of her to abandon her two sons willingly. He had custody of the children, but they usually visited their mother on weekends. Duvall’s ex-husband said he had maintained a friendly relationship with her since their divorce four years prior to her disappearance.
Investigators renewed their search for Duvall in 2007. She was living on a dairy farm on South Parkview Road with John Neuser at the time of her disappearance and he continued to reside at the home for over a decade afterward, moving away in 2006. Authorities searched Neuser’s former property for evidence in Duvall’s case in January 2007. He is described as a person of interest in Duvall’s case, not a suspect, and has not been charged in connection with it. Her disappearance remains unsolved.
Search on for missing woman
She was reported missing in 1988
Herald Times Reporter
MANITOWOC – Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department authorities and the Crime Scene Evidence Unit this morning are at a farm at 504 S. Parkview Road in the town of Manitowoc Rapids.
In June 2006, the sheriff’s department was contacted to followup on the case of a missing person, 56-year-old Cheryl A. (Spaeth) Duvall, according to a news release issued today by the department.
Duvall has been missing since October 1988.
The department has been gathering information about the case and has also obtained a warrant to search the farm and a premise at 10231 US Highway 10 in Cato, stated the release.
The premises are believed to be owned by John Neuser.
Cadaver dogs are being used to search for Duvall.
Further information about Duvall can be found at the Web site http://www.theyaremissed.org/ncma/gallery/ncmaprofile_all.php?A200604563S.
If anyone has information regarding the case, they can contact the sheriff’s department at 920-683-4200.
Sheriff: Missing woman case still a priority
Spaeth-Duvall has been missing since 1988
MANITOWOC — The likelihood that a woman missing since October 1988 is alive is “very slim,” according to Manitowoc County Sheriff Robert Hermann.
Hermann said Tuesday that the Social Security number for Cheryl Spaeth-Duvall has not been used to obtain employment, credit cards, housing or utilities since before she went missing in October 1988.
A check of law enforcement databases shows Spaeth-Duvall has had no contact with law enforcement, Hermann said.
Spaeth-Duvall was 38 when she was reported missing, but the case came to a halt when investigators received few leads, Hermann said. The cold case was reopened when a family member in 2006 asked the department to revisit the Spaeth-Duvall’s disappearance.
Investigators in January 2007 scoured two properties owned by John Neuser of Whitelaw. Spaeth-Duvall was living with Neuser at his dairy farm on South Parkview Road before she went missing.
Neuser moved in 2006 to a home on Highway 10 in the town of Cato, Hermann said.
Hermann said Neuser is a person of interest in the case, but is not a suspect and has not been charged with any crime.
Neuser has provided “limited cooperation” with authorities, and hired an attorney when authorities began searching his property, Hermann said.
Neuser declined comment when contacted Tuesday by the Herald Times Reporter.
Some of the evidence found at the South Parkview Road farm was sent to the state Crime Laboratory, but analysis of the items was inconclusive, Hermann said. He would not elaborate on the evidence that was found at the farm.
“It’s more difficult with time,” Hermann said about the nearly 20-year lapse. “But cases are solved all the time with new information and technology. We’re still looking for more evidence and more information.”
Hermann said the case remains a high priority.
Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Inspector Gregg Schetter said investigators review the case “weekly — if not everyday,” following leads and talking to anybody they feel might shed some light on Spaeth-Duvall’s whereabouts.
Schetter said there haven’t been any tips recently.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department at (920) 683-4200.
“We’d really like to get some answers for the family,” Hermann said. “It would be nice to get some closure for them.”
Authorities resume search in woman’s disappearance from 1988
8:04 AM CDT, May 28, 2008
MANITOWOC, Wis. – Manitowoc County Sheriff’s deputies are beginning again to search for clues into the fate of a woman who disappeared nearly 20 years ago.
They’ve started a new dig at a rural property near Manitowoc Rapids. The sheriff says they’re looking for evidence in Cheryl Spaeth-Duvall’s disappearance.
She was 38 when a family member reported her missing in October 1988.
She was last known to be living with her boyfriend in his rural home near Manitowoc Rapids.
Authorities are digging for clues there this week.
The sheriff wouldn’t say what prompted the latest search.
The property was searched last year, and items were sent to the state crime lab. But investigators said results were inconclusive.
Information from: WBAY-TV, http://www.wbay.com
Dig Finds Items During Search for Missing Woman
Updated: May 29, 2008 05:47 PM EDT
By Emily Matesic
The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department finished its search of a Manitowoc Rapids property for Cheryl Spaeth-Duvall Thursday.
Duvall was reported missing in October of 1988 by her ex-husband.
At the time of her disappearance she was living with her boyfriend, John Neuser. The sheriff says Neuser is a person of interest in the unsolved disappearance.
After two days of digging with heavy equipment, the sheriff’s department filled in the hole they dug on Neuser’s property. Neuser no longer lives on the property but still owns it.
While we don’t know if that search yielded any direct clues to Duvall’s disappearance, we do know some items were found.
“I’m not going to tell you specifics of those items or how relevant they are to the case, but we did recover some items from where we were digging,” Sheriff Robert Hermann said.
That news is encouraging to friends of Duvall, who visited the South Parkview Road site where police had been digging — friends who, after almost 20 years, just want answers.
“I hope it leads to finding Cheryl. I really do. She’s been a good friend of mine for years and we miss her,” Debbie Houghton said.
“I think they have found something, and I think it’s probably Cheryl’s DNA, and I’m just glad something was finally done,” Nancy Lishka said.
The sheriff tells us even though is officers were clearing the scene Thursday the investigation isn’t over.
The items collected during the dig will be discussed so investigators can determine where to go from here.
“In law enforcement, when you do investigation, you don’t always succeed the first time, so you try, try again, and we’re just looking to solve this case and perhaps bring some closure to the family,” Sheriff Hermann said.
Investigators remove items from dig site
Sarah Millard • Herald Times Reporter • May 29, 2008
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MANITOWOC – Investigators removed some items from a South Parkview Road dig site after obtaining a search warrant to continue a nearly 20-year investigation in the missing person case of Cheryl A. Spaeth-Duvall. However, the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department will not comment on what the items were or how relevant they are to the investigation.
Digging at 504 S. Parkview Road concluded Wednesday, Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department Detective Dave Remiker said. The department dug a 25-foot hole and is in the process of refilling the area with gravel.
While the property consists of at least seven buildings, the digging investigation centered on an area between the north end of the driveway and the barn closest to Parkview Road.
The excavating began Tuesday after the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department obtained a search warrant to search the property, which is owned by John Neuser of rural Reedsville. Neuser was Spaeth-Duvall’s boyfriend at the time of her disappearance. Spaeth-Duvall was first reported missing in October 1988 at age 38. The department reopened the cold case in 2006 at the request of family members.
Investigators searched the property in January 2007.
Anyone with information on the case can contact the Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department at 920-683-4200.
Search for missing woman continues after nearly 20 years
Sarah Millard • Herald Times Reporter • May 28, 2008
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MANITOWOC — The Manitowoc County Sheriff’s Department began a digging investigation in connection to the case of missing woman Cheryl Spaeth-Duvall on a South Parkview Road farm Tuesday morning.
The department obtained a search warrant for 504 S. Parkview Road in the Town of Manitowoc Rapids. However, Sheriff Rob Hermann would not comment on evidence that led to the search warrant. Personnel on the scene were not commenting as to what sparked the investigation this morning.
“We don’t have any more information,” Hermann said.
Spaeth-Duvall went missing in October 1988 when she was 38. At the time, she was living on the South Parkview Road farm with her boyfriend John Neuser of rural Reedsville. Neuser owns the property according to the department’s knowledge, Hermann said. Investigators previously searched the property in January 2007.
The department reopened the cold case in 2006 at the request of family members.
The Herald Times Reporter will have more information as it becomes available.