OH SUSAN DIANE WOLFF CAPPEL: Missing from Newcomerstown, OH - 16 March 1982 - Age 19

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Susan Diane Wolff Cappel

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Endangered Missing

Missing From: Newcomerstown, Ohio

Missing Since: March 16, 1982

Age: 19 -- Height: 5'4" -- Weight: 107 lbs -- Hair Color: Brown -- Eye Color: Brown

Susan's nickname is Sue. She has a scar on the upper right side of her lip. Her upper right front tooth is crooked. Her upper left tooth was discolored when she disappeared. She may use her maiden name, Wolff.

Susan was last seen at work in Newcomerstown, Ohio on March 16, 1982. She was walking towards her parent's car in the parking lot after her shift when a co-worker saw her talking to a man in a older model blue car. She got in the passenger side of his car and was never seen again.

Susan and her husband were in the process of a divorce and fighting over custody of their young son when she disappeared. Her family suspects that he was involved in her disappearance.

Resources:
NAMPN: nampn.org - nampn Resources and Information.
NAMUS: The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
Doe Network The Doe Network: Case File 530DFOH
Charley Project


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'We still look': 40 years after Susan Wolff Cappel disappeared, parents still hope for return​

March 16, 2022

Judy Wolff hasn't seen or heard from her daughter Susan Wolff Cappel in 40 years.

Though Cappel was declared legally dead in 2015, Wolff and her husband, Jim, aren't 100% certain that their daughter is really gone.

"We still think there's a good possibility that she may be alive somewhere," Wolff said. "Now that doesn't make sense but it does to me because I don't know what's going to happen."

She says a prayer every day for her only daughter.

"I had a time there when it first happened that I thought, I can't keep doing this. I can't keep praying because it's not helping. But that didn't last very long," Wolff said.

Cappel's disappearance on the night of March 16, 1982, has been one of the most enduring mysteries in Tuscarawas County in the last half century.

The Wolffs traveled over much of the country following up on leads on their missing daughter. They gave numerous newspaper interviews and have appeared on TV seeking the public's help in locating Susan.

But the mystery of Cappel's disappearance remains.

Susan was a senior at Newcomerstown High School when she became pregnant and married her boyfriend. Allen Cappel, in 1980.

According to the Wolffs, Susan and Allen had a rocky marriage. Susan left him three times. The last time was in January 1982. After the third time, Judy Wolff told her daughter that the marriage wasn't working out. Susan planned on filing for divorce.


Jim and Judy Wolff have always believed Allen Cappel was involved somehow in Susan's disappearance. The resulting police investigation, though botched by many accounts, focused on Allen as well.

The original prosecutor's file and many investigative documents and transcripts were lost in the decade following Susan's disappearance.

Allen Cappel and a coworker at the Ohio Department of Transportation died on Sept. 4, 2003, when a truck hit their car on U.S. Route 250 in New Philadelphia as they inspected a highway project.

In an interview with The Times-Reporter before his death, Allen denied killing Susan. He said he expected her to knock on his door someday and he was prepared to ask her where she's been.

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