Valarie Lynn Sloan
Sloan, approximately 1993; Joseph Miller
Date reported missing : 09/30/1993
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 12/29/1974 (46)
Age at the time of disappearance: 18 years old
Height / Weight : 5'2 - 5'6, 120 - 130 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Sloan may use the last name Swenstrom.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Sloan was last seen in Peoria, Illinois on September 30, 1993. She has never been heard from again. The serial killer Joseph Miller, who has been convicted of murdering five women, is the prime suspect in her case.
A photograph of Miller is posted with this case summary. In 2004, he told authorities he killed Sloan and another missing woman, Stacey Morrison, who also disappeared from Peoria in 1993.
Miller has not been charged in either woman's case and authorities are not certain whether he was involved; he has lied to police in the past and some believe he is confessing to crimes he did not commit merely to get attention.
He stated he buried Sloan's body in a shallow grave near a road construction site on War Memorial Drive. The road was being widened at that site in 1993 and if Miller's confession is accurate, Sloan's body lies under the pavement. Both Sloane's and Morrison's disappearances remain unsolved.
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September 2021 updates and sources
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