Scott Allen Kleeschulte disappeared from Saint Charles Missouri in June of 1988. That afternoon Scott rode the school bus from the Coverdell Elementary School to his home. He was last seen leaving his home around 430 pm to ride his bike and play outside. It was the last day of school and the beginning of summer vacation.
Scott was last seen on June 8, 1988, around 4:30 p.m. walking down Ken Drive towards West Adams according to the information provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). On the day, that Scott went missing a thunderstorm blew through the Saint Charles area causing flash flooding in certain areas of the city. This has led to speculation that Scott Kleeschulte may have inadvertently been washed down a storm sewer.
There have been numerous searches over the past 25 years, which has not provided any clues to support this theory. Another reason this theory has not been validated is that a neighbor told authorities he saw Scott walking near his home after the storm. This is the same home that Peggy and Richard Kleeschulte, Scott’s parents continue to reside. They continue to have a land-line and have not changed their phone number…just in case Scott calls.
The police believe Scott was kidnapped and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) has classified Scott Kleeschulte’s disappearance as a non-family abduction. Scott was 9 years old in 1988, born April 12, 1979. Now he would be 34 years old. At the time of his disappearance, he weighed 60 pounds and stood 4’4” tall, with brown hair and blue eyes.
Scott also had freckles on his nose, three facial moles, and a scar on his chin. Visit the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to view Scott Kleeschulte’s photograph and to see what he looked in 1988. Then view the age progression that shows what he might look like at the age of 34. Throughout the years after he went missing there have been many searches in the caves, tunnels, sewers and the woody hillside where that surrounded the neighborhood back then. Each time there was hope that finally Peggy and Richard Kleeschulte might finally know what happened to their youngest of five children.
In January of 2007 Shawn Hornbeck, who had been missing four years, was found in an apartment in Kirkwood Missouri with his kidnapper Michael J. Devlin. In addition, another boy William “Ben” Ownby was found in the same apartment. Ownby was missing for four days, after disappearing from rural, Beaufort Missouri, after he stepped off his school bus.
The discovery of both boys being found alive was quickly called the Missouri Miracle. This miracle brought hope to parents of missing children and law enforcement throughout Missouri. Police were eager to speak to Michael J. Devlin who worked as a manager at an Imo’s Pizza store in Kirkwood Missouri.
Agents from Missouri law enforcement as well as the FBI thoroughly investigated Devlin’s life. Sadly, no connection has been found linking Devlin to the disappearances of any other children missing in Missouri, including, Arlin Henderson, Bianca Piper, Gina Dawn Brooks, or the unsolved murder of Angie Marie Houseman.
Just last week the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported, “Florida inmate claims to know what happened to missing St. Charles boy”. The man “Chuck Miceli, 47, is a former police officer from the Chicago area, who authorities say has turned informant on several other cases” sent a letter to the Post claiming he has information regarding the disappearance of Scott Kleeschulte. Authorities are currently investigating the man’s claims and there is hope once more that a family may finally know what happened to their youngest son, and perhaps other missing children in the area.
If you have information on missing children please contact authorities or the FBI as soon as possible.