Steven W. Hendricks
Hendricks, approximately 1988; Rebecca Harvey
Date reported missing : 09/05/1988
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/26/1966 (55)
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7, 135 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Black hair, hazel eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Hendricks was last seen at his home on Oak Grove Road in Washington, Indiana. He was with his 18-year-old live-in girlfriend, Rebecca Harvey, at the time. A photograph of Harvey is posted with this case summary.
During the early morning of September 5, 1988, Harvey's burned body was found on the bed inside their home. She had died as a result of the fire, which started underneath the bed, destroyed the bedroom and blistered the paint on Hendricks's car in the driveway. There was no sign of Hendricks at the scene and he has never been heard from again. Authorities classified the fire as arson.
Harvey had been living with Hendricks for only two weeks before her death. Hendricks is considered a possible suspect in the fire and Harvey's murder, but he is listed as a missing person and hasn't been charged with any crimes.
He never picked up his last paycheck at Craney's Body Shop where he worked, and he also left his tools behind there. Some other belongings of his, including his wallet, were left inside the burned house. Hendricks's boss describes him as a hard worker. He seemingly disappeared without a tEthnicity : following the fire, and the circumstances of his disappearance are unclear.
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Indiana State Police
September 2021 updates and sources
Indiana State Police
The Evansville Courier
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