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Eyes-Blue Hair-Brown Sex-Female Idaho 9-Year-Old's 1993 Disappearance Unsolved Stephanie Crane, 9, went missing in Challis, Idaho, on Oct. 11, 1993On Oct. 11, 1993, Sandy Crane dropped off her 9-year-old daughter, Stephanie, at a bowling alley in Challis, Idaho. The third-grader was going to bowl with friends, then walk directly across the street to the local high school for soccer practice. Sandy gave Stephanie money for a snack, smiled and told her to be home by 5 p.m. Two hours later, Stephanie had not come home, and Sandy sensed something was wrong. She jumped into her red Ford Bronco and went looking for her daughter. At 8:15 p.m. she walked into the Custer County Sheriff's Department and reported her daughter missing. The sheriff's department immediately organized a search of the area. Officers and volunteers quickly organized and combed the area, searching for Stephanie until 1 a.m. They resumed a mere six hours later with even more volunteers. "The community really came together; we all put in extra time," said Linda Dubiel of the Custer County Sheriff's Department. Members of the volunteer fire department, search and rescue, Idaho State Police, the FBI and search dogs all contributed to the search. Witnesses spotted Stephanie on the sidewalk of Highway 93 next to the high school. No evidence of a struggle was ever found. After extensive daily searches for Stephanie, local law enforcement came up with very few clues -- it seemed as though the 9-year-old had simply vanished. As the hours ticked away and turned into days, there would be no signs of young Stephanie Crane. Police, Family Keep Hope Alive For Stephanie Since Stephanie went missing, police have named several persons of interest in her case, but no suspect has even been charged. Despite having no solid leads, the Challis community has been tremendously supportive over the years. People throughout the area frequently wear purple ribbons, Stephanie's favorite color, in honor of the little girl that touched so many hearts. Stephanie's younger sister Jessica was only 4 years old when Stephanie disappeared. Now grown up and about to go off to college, Jessica has not stopped looking for her sister. She combs missing persons Web sites, searching for clues about Stephanie. "Nobody in my family has given up hope,? Jessica said. Linda Dubiel strongly believes there is still someone out there that holds the key to Stephanie's disappearance. "I don't want anyone to forget that we still have this little girl missing,? she said. If you have any information about the disappearance of Stephanie Crane, please call our Hotline at 1-800-CRIME-TV. Custer County Sheriff's Office (Idaho) - Missing Persons Unit 1-208-879-2232
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