Real Names: Heather Relf
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Date: September 9, 1992
Date of Birth: March 12, 1981
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blue eyes, blond hair. She has freckles across her nose and cheeks.
Details: On September 9, 1992, Joanne Relf of Phoenix, Arizona, came home from work planing to spend the night with her 11-year-old stepdaughter Heather. Her husband, Richard, had left that morning on business, but when she got home, Joanne found a note from him stating that Heather had been picked up by her grandparents after school. However, Joanne found that Heather had not been at either place; she searched and found that several clothes and luggage were missing along with some credit cards. She still doesn't know where Richard and Heather went and Heather's mother Penny Nickel-Relf just wants to find her. At the time he vanished, Richard was being investigated for embezzling more than a million dollars from his employer Brown Wholesale Electric Company in Phoenix. He was an industrial controls manager and oversaw production of his electrical designs. He often requested checks from Brown Electric to pay for components and one of the suppliers was an outfit called "Adtech". Joanne worked as a bookkeeper and was thrilled at the apparent success of the business and because of the success, great amounts of money came in along with a change in Richard's lifestyle: buying cars and property and throwing parties for friends, the money kept rolling in. Then, on the morning of May 20, 1992, the office manager of Brown Electric became suspicious and check Adtech's bank and discovered that the Relfs were the names on the bank account. Richard was fired that day but remained free as the police began their investigation and determined that during the scam, he took about half a million dollars. Also, it was discovered that he had started a second fake company and as authorities prepared an indictment, he planned his disappearance. He made purchases and took out cash advantages totalling $25,000 on credit cards and then on September 9 he and Heather vanished. He is wanted for two counts of fraud and two counts of theft. In 1993, Joanne was granted a divorce and was exonerated of all charges. In 1994, Penny received full custody of Heather. However, the two have still not been found.
Suspects: Richard Relf
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 27, 1995 episode.
Results: Solved. Heather saw herself on the Unsolved Mysteries website in September 1998 and contacted the police. Richard was arrested, and she was soon reunited with Penny. Richard was sentenced to ten years in prison.