Crystal Sue Hunt

Crystal Sue Hunt (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Crystal Sue Hunt

Missing Person

Age at Report: 21 YOA
DOB: February 18, 1977
Height: 5′ 9″
Weight: 140-142 lbs.
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Incident Type: Endangered / physical
Missing From: Corydon, IA (Wayne County)
Last Reported Seen: Centerville, IA (Appanoose County)
Agency: Wayne County Sheriff’s Department
Case # 98-03225
NCIC Number: M-102855411
NamUs MP # 17037
Missing Since: February 24, 1998

 

Crystal Sue Hunt was reported missing to the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in Corydon on Feb. 24, 1998.

Corydon in Wayne County

Corydon in Wayne County

Crystal, who’d celebrated her 21st birthday just six days earlier and was seven months pregnant, was last seen leaving her parents’ residence in Centerville, IA, on Feb. 24, 1998, with her boyfriend. He said they argued and she got out of the car.

Crystal has not been seen nor heard from since.

She is described as 5-foot-9 , 140-142 pounds, with blue eyes and blonde hair.

Crystal has a scar on her left leg from the ankle to below the knee. She also has a scar from her wrist to her elbow, a scar under her chin and three scar holes on each side of her pelvic area. She also has a scar on her right shoulder and walks with a slight limp.

Centerville in Appanoose County

Centerville in Appanoose County

‘Her kin was drunk on sorrow’

In an Ottumwa Evening Post story dated Dec. 4, 2013, staff writer Doug Potter recalled the day — about a year after Crystal’s disappearance — when eight of Crystal’s relatives came to the Ottumwa Courier where he worked as a reporter. He said they’d asked him to write an article in hopes of jarring law enforcement from their chairs.

The family, he said, blamed the boyfriend.

Potter said he’d contacted the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department, the Appanoose County Sheriff’s Department and the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation the following day. The case belonged to Wayne County, and the sheriff said there were no new leads. Potter wrote of the three conversations:

One agency said she’d probably never be found. Another jurisdiction said she is probably in a well or buried in Missouri where no one will find her. The DCI said that small sheriff’s departments like those in Wayne and Appanoose counties do not have the money or employees to maintain the search for Crystal.

Potter said he talked to several people from Corydon in 1999, and then approached the Courier’s editor about writing a story about Crystal’s unsolved disappearance. Wrote Potter:

The Courier’s editor said an article wouldn’t be of interest to readers because Crystal was from Wayne County. I wrote it anyway. And I’ve written others because I promised Crystal’s family that I would.

Read Doug’s full story

When the Iowa DCI established a Cold Case Unit in 2009, Crystal Hunt’s case was one of approximately 150 cases listed on the Cold Case Unit’s new website as those the DCI hoped to solve using latest advancements in DNA technology.

Although federal grant funding for the DCI Cold Case Unit was exhausted in December 2011, the DCI continues to assign agents to investigate cold cases as new leads develop or as technological advances allow for additional forensic testing of original evidence.

The DCI remains committed to resolving Iowa’s cold cases and will continue to work diligently with local law enforcement partners to bring the perpetrators of these crimes to justice for the victims and their families.

A DNA sample has been submitted and tests are complete.

Information Needed

If you have any information about Crystal Hunt’s unsolved disappearance or her whereabouts, please contact Sheriff D. Keith Davis at the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at (641) 872-1566.

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19 Responses to Crystal Sue Hunt

  1. Tina Carroll says:

    sounds to me like that boyfriend killed her…

  2. Sarah Laumeyer says:

    The links for the Ottumwa Evening Post don’t take you an article. And I can’t find anything when I searched for it. ???

  3. Keep trying.never give up.she’s out there somewhere.Will keep you in my prayers.

  4. Rick Ledesma says:

    I googled Crystal once and there was a Crystal S, Hunt living in Eldon,ia . Hopefully shes found some day

  5. Diana Wilson says:

    Why would he ever let her get out alone? Sounds fishy!!!!

  6. Prayers that she is found and safe. Prayers to the families and friends.

  7. She’s 7 months pregnant and they fight (so far 100% believable). Did she get out of the car though? Just from my experience with missing people I’d say the boyfriend knows more than what he’s saying.

  8. I’d say the boyfriend knows quite a bit more than he is saying.

    • Taylor, Spokeo is a search website that aggregates data from online and offline sources, and as long as someone is still missing, they’ll continue to show the age “progressing” and show last known address info. In 2012 they were fined $800,000 by the Federal Trade Commission for FCRA and FTC violations, and ordered to submit compliance reports to the FTC for the next 20 years. They’re just one of the many aggregate “trash collectors” in the Deep Internet.

      • Johanna says:

        Just a question, if her last know address when she came up missing was Centerville, IA, then why does this place Spoko that Taylor post have it as Eldon, IA. Centerville and Eldon are two different towns. Just a confused friend of the family.

        • Katy Lee says:

          There certainly is a crystal s. Hunt on Facebook. She is blonde. Looks possibly the same age,however I don’t see much resemblance otherwise. Maybe it’s possible there are 2 crystal s.hunts??

  9. Jenny Galvan says:

    They need to talk ..no.
    .interrogate the boyfriend

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