Woman’s disappearance never solved
After a long day at work, Victoria Ann Shoupe met a friend for a drink. They talked for awhile and “Vicky” left in a good mood, telling her friend she was headed home. Three days later Shoupe’s friend called police.
It was 15 years ago and investigators are still stumped. The 30-year-old mother and wife disappeared after May 4, 1984. Shoupe, a petite woman at 5 feet 4 inches with shoulder-length brown hair and eyes, was an employee at Douglas Properties in Stateline. Douglas County Sheriff’s investigators said since May 4, 1984, there has been no activity in Victoria Shoupe’s name. No use of her credit cards, her bank account, or Social Security number and no sign of her.
A couple weeks after her disappearance, investigators said they became convinced that Shoupe was murdered. Friends told police that Vicky would never leave her young son. There were reports that Vicky and her husband Steve had argued before her disappearance, but intensive investigation turned up no evidence to implicate him.
On May 4, that last day, Shoupe met her friend around 5:30 p.m. at John’s Tahoe Nugget, a former casino on South Shore. A Burger King restaurant now stands where the Nugget used to be.
The two women had two drinks before Shoupe headed home to her residence on Kingsbury Grade. Shoupe’s husband never reported his wife’s failure to come home to police. It was Shoupe’s friend who reported her disappearance to authorities.
Steve Shoupe, who still lives at South Shore and works as a taxi driver, is reluctant to speak about his wife. On Monday he said he doesn’t believe his wife was murdered, but instead disappeared of her own free will. He said their marriage was a good one and he was shocked when she never returned home. Now Shoupe said he sees no reason to bring up the past.
“It won’t do any good. I just want the whole thing to go away,” he said.
From the detectives’ standpoint Victoria Shoupe will never go away. Or at least not until the reason for her disappearance is found and the case solved.
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