On October 11, 1993, Sandi Crane walked into the Custer County Sheriff's office with an agonizing report: her nine-year-old daughter Stephanie was missing. The last known sighting of Stephanie was near the Challis Lanes Bowling Alley, somewhere between 5 pm and 6 pm, walking toward Challis High School.
Stephanie had recently celebrated her 9th birthday on September 28, 1993. This year she would be turning 39.
Back then, the Custer County Sheriff's Office had to rely on volunteers to spread the word. Envelopes with Stephanie's flyer were mailed nationwide, and volunteers handed out fliers in hopes of reaching as many people as possible. Her case also received national attention on "America's Most Wanted."
In the years that followed, Stephanie's case continued to receive attention. In 2016, it was featured on Dateline's "Cold Case Spotlight" on the internet, and the Custer County Sheriff's Office actively re-evaluated potential evidence and conducted interviews even outside the state.
Two years later, in April 2018, her case was presented on the Investigative Discovery Channel in an episode called "Into the Mist," part of the show "Disappeared."
In 2002, more investigation was done into the possible connection between Keith Hescock Jr. and Stephanie Crane. He was an avid hunter who was in the area with a hunting tag at the time of Stephanie's disappearance. He also drove a small yellow pickup similar to one reported as suspicious near the Challis schools at the time.
Despite the passage of time and the death of suspects, Stephanie's case remains open, and the Custer County Sheriff's Office tirelessly follows up on every tip they receive.