Penny Sue Warfel
Penny, approximately 2017; Lawrence Warfel
Date reported missing : 09/15/2017
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 09/16/1960 (60)
Age at the time of disappearance: 56 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2, 120 pounds
Medical conditions : Penny is classified as disabled for unspecified reasons.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Penny was last seen in Moberly, Missouri on September 15, 2017, the day before her fifty-seventh birthday. She has never been heard from again.
Her husband, Lawrence Warfel, told her family they'd gotten into an argument and she left for Florida with a male friend, but it's not confirmed she ever got out of Missouri and it's uncharacteristic of her to not be in touch with her family. Julie's sister in Ohio reported her missing in June 2018, nine months after she was last seen.
A photo of Lawrence is posted with this case summary. In September 2018, he was charged with felony financial exploitation of an elder/disabled person, in connection with his use of Penny's Social Security benefits. She got $750 a month in disability in benefits, and Lawrence withdrew all the money from her account. By the time of his arrest, he'd taken about $8,000.
Lawrence has not been named as a suspect in Penny's actual disappearance, and it's unclear what happened to her. Her case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Randolph County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Missouri State Highway Patrol
Missing, Unidentified, and Victims
The Moberly Monitor-Index
October 12, 2004. October 15, 2018; Medical conditions : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
Interactive Missing Person Search Map