Photo above (top) is Kylee at her Year 12 Formal.
|Name:||Kylee Ann SCHAFFER||Sex:||Female|
|Date of Birth:||24 Aug 1985||Age Now:||21|
|Age when missing:||19||Height (cm):||165.0||Build:||Solid|
|Hair Colour:||Coloured/dyed||Eye Colour:||Brown||Complexion:||Medium|
|Circumstances - Kylee was last
seen on Saturday 11 September 2004 walking into bushland near Wilson Road,
**Kylee's sister Karen and the rest of Kylee's family are desperately worried about her. Karen has these words -
"Our world was torn apart when Kylee left us, she is such a kind hearted, beautiful person and we are heartbroken without her. I just hope that she knows how much we love and miss her. The situation surrounding Kylee's disappearance is sketchy to say the least but someone must know something. Kylee will turn 21 in August this year and we will not rest until we know where she is. "
Karen has authorised me to publish her Hotmail e mail address if Kylee or anyone with information wishes to contact her directly - firstname.lastname@example.org
"Hey aunty Kylee if u are really gone im sorry I never got to met you.
Dad says I look like a spitting image of you"
Posted by tarsha ann schaffer, 15/05/2009
Tuesday, September 14, 2004. 9:03 AM (AEST)
Search continues for missing Kempsey teen - ABC
The search has resumed for a teenager missing from her Kempsey home since the weekend.
Kylee Schaffer, 19, went to a party on Friday and stayed overnight at a property on Wilson Lane Willawarren.
She was last seen wandering into nearby bush on Saturday morning.
State Emergency Service volunteers aided by Polair, police crews and local residents searched the area yesterday.
She is described as European in appearance, 165 to 170cm tall, about 70 kilograms and has dyed brown hair and brown eyes.
She was last seen wearing a dark blue or black T-shirt and brown pants.
The search began at 7:00am AEST.
Search continues for missing teenager
September 15, 2004 - 1:24PM - SMH
A search for a teenage girl who went missing on the NSW north coast after attending a friend's party has entered its fifth day.
Kylee-Ann Schaffer, 19, attended a party on Friday night at a property in Willawarrin, west of Kempsey, and stayed overnight, NSW Police said.
About 8am (AEST) on Saturday, she had breakfast and told friends she was going for a walk through bushland near the property.
Her friends became concerned when she had not returned by lunchtime and began searching the property themselves.
By Sunday afternoon neither her parents nor friends had made contact with Ms Schaffer, police said.
Police searched the property and neighbouring areas until nightfall with SES volunteers, PolAir, a sniffer dog and local residents continuing the search on Monday.
The search will continue today with more than 100 local residents on motorcycles and four-wheel drives joining the effort.
Ms Schaffer is described as being of white European appearance, 165-170cm tall, 70-80kg, brown hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to contact police.
Wednesday, September 15, 2004. 8:31 AM (AEST)
Search continues for missing Kempsey woman - ABC
A search will resume this morning in areas west of Kempsey, on New South Wales' north coast, for a woman who has been missing since Saturday morning.
More than 100 volunteers have searched about 25 square kilometres of bushland but failed to find any sign of 19-year-old Kylee Schaffer.
She was last seen walking into bush near a property at Willawararrin on Saturday morning after staying in the area for a Friday night party.
SES volunteers, police and local residents have been helped by Polair and a sniffer dog.
There is mounting concern for the girl's welfare, with the search area due to be widened.
Thursday, September 16, 2004. 12:23 PM (AEST)
Authorities suspend missing teen search - ABC
The search for a Kempsey teenager missing from home since the weekend has been suspended.
Another extensive search yesterday found no trace of Kylee Schaffer, 19, who was last seen wandering into bushland at Willawarrin, west of Kempsey, on Saturday morning.
Acting Inspector Robert White has been coordinating the search and says Kylee's family has been involved in the entire operation and is satisfied every effort has been made to find their daughter.
Yesterday's search involved about 70 State Emergency Service (SES) and Rural Fire Service volunteers, friends and family of the missing girl on foot, trailbikes, horseback and four-wheel drives.
Inspector White says they covered about 80 square kilometres of rugged terrain, bushland and fire trails.
"Officially the police and SES search for this area has been suspended until we get further information," he said.
"If there's something else that any members of the community can tell us we'll re-instigate the search in that area."
Miss Schaffer was 19 when she went missing from a property near Willawarrin on September 11, 2004, after attending a party.
She was last seen by guests walking alone into dense bushland surrounding the property.
A huge land and air search involving police, emergency services and volunteers failed to find any trace of her.
Described as being of solid build, with dyed hair, brown eyes and about 165cm tall, Kylee Ann is what police refer to as a long term missing person - that is someone missing for six months or longer - usually an adult.
In the past year 140 people have gone missing from the Mid North Coast region.
All but two of those have since been located.
Thirteen people have been reported missing more than once.
A 13-year-old boy and a 14 and 15-year-old girl were reported missing three times in the 12 months since July 2007.
Girls between the ages of 10 and 19 are the demographic most likely to go missing.
Of the 140 people who have gone missing in the past year, 98 were teenagers between the ages of 10 and 19 including 63 girls and 35 boys.
Anxiety, depression, alcohol, drug use and family disunity are the main reasons why people go missing from their homes.
This year Missing Persons Week is focusing on communication between young people and their families.
Police encourage teenagers who do go missing to communicate with family, friends or the authorities and let them know they are safe.
If you know of a person who has gone missing, attend your local police station to file a missing persons report or phone the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 and the operator will arrange for an officer to come to see you.
When filing a report it will help police if you can provide a recent photograph of the missing person, a list of names, addresses and phones numbers of friends and associates, likely destinations, medical requirements, a full description of the person and bank account details.
If you have any information on Kylee Ann Schaffer or any other missing person please call the Missing Persons Unit on 1800 025 091.
An inquest into the disappearance and suspected death of Miss Schaffer was held at Kempsey Coroners Court on Tuesday.
Presiding magistrate Wayne Evans ruled that on the balance of probabilities he was satisfied Miss Schaffer was deceased, but how, where, and by whom, he could not determine.
Kylee-Ann’s parents, Peter and Sue, and sister, Karen, were present for Mr Evans’ ruling, as were some of the police officers involved in the investigation into her disappearance.
The court heard evidence from one of the investigating detectives that on September 11, 2004, Ms Schaffer had left a party at a friend’s house near Willawarrin, telling those present she was going home.
Detective Sergeant David Frewin said Ms Schaffer, 19, had walked into thick bushland in an easterly direction, but that her home lay to the west of the property where the party was being held.
“That can be explained because she would have needed to go in that direction to get up on a ridge where there was a fire trial that could take her home,” Detective Sergeant Frewin said.
Police established four hypotheses as to what might have happened to Kylee-Ann - self harm, misadventure (an accident), foul play or a new identity.
Mr Evans ruled on the balance of the evidence available she was deceased.
He said she had not been in contact with her family since the night of her disappearance.
“They were a close family and there is no reason she wouldn’t have contacted them,” he said.
Similarly, there was no evidence she was suffering from an illness and she had not attended any health services seeking assistance.
Mr Evans said there was also no evidence her tax file number had been used since her disappearance or her bank accounts accessed.
At the conclusion of the inquest Peter Schaffer passed on his thanks to police for the thorough nature of their investigation.
Mr Evans extended his sincere sympathies to the Schaffer family and ordered Kylee-Ann’s file be retained at the State Coroner’s office.
Detective Sergeant Frewin said the case would remain open despite the coroner’s ruling.
“There is no suggestion from us that this matter is closed,” he said.
“We’ll pursue any information any member of the public is able to provide.”
Anyone with information on Kylee- Ann or other missing persons in the Kempsey area is urged to contact Kempsey Police on 6563 7199 or the NSW Police Force Missing Persons Unit on 1800 025 091.