Sandra Vanderhoef

Sandra Vanderhoef (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Sandra S. Vanderhoef

Missing Person

Name: Sandra S. Vanderhoef
Nickname/Alias: Sandra Springer; Sandy Nelson
Age at Report: 42
DOB: June 10, 1944
Weight: 210 lbs.
Height: 5’07”
Race: Native American
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Incident Type: Endangered / physical
City: Fort Dodge
County: Webster County
Investigating Agency: Webster County Sheriff’s Office
Case Number: 871341A
NamUs MP # 27661
NCIC Number: M275344759
Missing Since: September 22, 1986


Sandra Vanderhoef was reported missing to the Webster County Sheriff’s Office in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on September 22, 1986.

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She wears glasses, has a scar on her abdomen, scars on both knees and a mole on her back.

She is described as an American Indian or Alaskan Native, 5’07” and weighing approximately 210 pounds.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety classifies Vanderhoef’s disappearance as “Endangered / Physical,” which includes a person of any age who is missing under circumstances indicating his/her physical safety is in danger.

Information Needed

If you have any information concerning Sandra Vanderhoef’s whereabouts please contact Sheriff James Stubbs at the Webster County Sheriff’s Office at 515-573-1410.



9 Responses to Sandra Vanderhoef

  1. MIkeD says:

    It’s too bad more information isn’t available. I wonder if a FOIA request to the Webster County Sheriff’s Office could result in any information that isn’t already publicly available.

    • Patrick Kerrigan says:

      Mike D, I assume that the agency will not release any more information, since the case is still open. However, it bugs me that we have all these cold cases, and especially with homicides they quite often hold back some detail, so that a person who did not commit the crime, will not come in and confess to the crime.

      Many agencies, usually hold back some details, on the murder. What bugs me, is that in some cold cases we know the caliber of the firearm used in a murder. In other cases that information is not released. Some agencies will release the cause of death information, other don’t claiming to want to protect the investigation.

      I don’t know what they are protecting it from, besides they being beyond their expertise. But, then many agencies never reached out to bigger agencies for help.

      We have cases that have not been solved for 10, 20, 30, 40 years or more, and yet they won’t release these small details, that might help solve a case.

      if they are still holding back some small detail, it has not helped find her. But, then many agencies really never put the effort forth to investigate missing adults. Adults who disappear have not broken any laws.

      But, then they should pull the case file and see if they can develop some new information, or fill in the blanks they never answered.

      There was a young woman, in Texas, who disappeared over 25 or more years ago. Her father mentioned it to a constable with Harris County. He never filed a report. The missing woman’s sister, filed a report with another agency. After 22 years she asked them what they did on the report. She found that considered it a well being check, and never completed a report.

      I believe the missing woman and her car were found in a body of water, a year or two ago.

      There was a case in Omaha, Nebraska, where a young boy was lured away after getting off a bus. The family reported him missing to the Omaha Police Department. They never made a report or conducted an investigation.

      So the family hired a private detective, who traced the boy and his kidnapper to a cabin in Idaho. So the FBI and the local sheriff officers rescued him.

      So, how we handled missing persons is mess. We make a bog deal out of the disappearance of Gabby, but others never get the necessary attention, except being added to the “The Charley Project”, Redditt, Websleuths, and the Doe Network.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    I wonder Sandra was living in Fort Dodge. The authorities should have that information. The other question is did she belong to any specific tribe. There are a number of Indian reservations in other parts of the country. The other problem is missing Native-American women don’t get the attention they should.

  3. Gabrielle says:

    would absolutely love to know more about this.

  4. Tammy says:

    I am a daughter of sandy… is there any addtional information on this case. how do i go about getting information on my mothers case?

  5. Nothing that I have at the present time, Tina.

  6. Laura Edmondson says:

    More information please

  7. Tina Carroll says:

    is there any more information about this case?

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