Steven Dick Kirchhoff
Steven Dick Kirchhoff
Age at Report: 22
DOB: August 16, 1955
Weight: 140 lbs.
Height: 5′ 11″
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Incident Type: Involuntary disappearance
Missing From: Waterloo, IA / Cedar Falls, IA
Black Hawk County
NCIC Number: M-809138678
Date Reported Missing: February 5, 1978
Case Summary compiled by Jody Ewing
- Black Hawk County in Iowa
Waterloo in Black Hawk County
Steven Kirchhoff was last seen at his Cedar Falls home on January 24, 1978, by his brother, Tommy Kirchhoff. Tommy reported that Steven was wearing a short burnt orange leather jacket, a blue sweater, dark blue corduroy pants, and brown shoes with the word GASS written on the soles.
When Tommy Kirchhoff did not see his brother for the next 12 days, he reported him missing to the Waterloo Police Department on February 5.
Steven Kirchhoff was suspected of being involved in the sale of illegal drugs and foul play is suspected in his disappearance.
He was described as being 5’11″ tall, 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.
Kirchhoff was employed as a lineman for the Chicago Northwestern Railroad but had been laid off weeks before his disappearance. Nonetheless, Kirchhoff had just purchased a new house and appeared to be in good spirits.
Steven Kirchhoff in 1978
In 2003, authorities acting on a tip began searching a rural 12-acre farmstead between Fairbank and Denver, Iowa, for evidence related to Kirchhoff’s case. The farmstead was once owned by a Waterloo man, Lonson “Lonnie” Luloff, who faced life in prison for federal methamphetamine and weapons charges in 1994 but was released in 2000 after cutting a deal with prosecutors.
Luloff is described by investigators as one of the biggest drug suppliers in the area. Authorities are not calling him a suspect in Kirchhoff’s disappearance, however, and nothing was found in the search of his farm.
Another missing Iowa man, Richard Forsyth, may have been connected in some way to Kirchoff’s disappearance. Press accounts at the time noted that Forsyth was seen carrying something from his apartment wrapped in a rug. Forsyth allegedly paid cash for a Cadillac seven days after Kirchhoff vanished, and disappeared himself in 1979.
The Kirchhoff family had tracked Forsyth to an uncle’s home in Arizona. However, Forsyth allegedly learned of the search and fled. Forsyth is also still missing and has not been conclusively linked to Kirchhoff’s case. Both men’s cases remain unsolved.
Kirchhoff has several fillings in his teeth and has had other dental work done. Dental records and fingerprints are available in his case. Some accounts spell his last name “Kirchoff.”
Some reports also state that Kirchhoff resided in Waterloo, Iowa. According to the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers, Kirchhoff lived in Cedar Falls. He was, however, reported missing to the Waterloo Police Department.
If you have any information concerning Steven Kirchhoff’s unsolved disappearance, please contact the Waterloo Police Department at 319-291-4345 or the Cedar Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-855-300-TIPS (8477). There may be a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in his case.