Missing since 06/06/78
Missing from: Jericho, Chittenden County, Vermont
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: 10/01/45
Age at disappearance: 32 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5’7; 190 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes.
Marks, Scars: Scar on abdomen.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Grace disappeared under suspicious circumstances with her daughter, Grace Noel Reapp (nickname “Gracie”) on June 6, 1978 from her residence located on Hanley Lane, Jericho, Vermont.
Her husband, Michael Reapp, reported them missing on June 11. He filed for divorce from Grace on June 16, citing desertion and intolerable severity. Grace and Michael have two older sons, both of whom were in elementary school at the time.
Authorities believed that Grace and Gracie’s disappearances were extremely suspicious from the onset of their investigation. Reapp never contacted her family, never touched her bank account, never used her Social Security number.
Michael admitted that he had been involved in several extramarital affairs while married to Grace. Michael eventually married one of the women he was involved with while married to Grace. He moved his new wife and two sons to Florida shortly thereafter.
Michael Reapp admitted to detectives that his relationship with Grace was physical at times, but that he figured that she (Grace) just took her daughter (Gracie) and left him and the boys. Michael Reapp advised that he had always believed that Grace was living somewhere with her family members.
Investigators reclassified Grace and Gracie’s disappearances as homicides in 1996 and questioned Michael once again about any knowledge he may have had regarding the cases. Michael fled from his Florida home alone in late 1996 upon learning about the continuing investigation. His truck was discovered abandoned at an airport in New Orleans, Louisiana in December 1996; he has never been seen again. Authorities are searching for Michael as a person of interest in order to continue questioning him regarding Grace and Gracie’s cases.
Police have returned to the Jericho property 14 times since 1978, and employed ground penetration radar and conducted three digs between 1996 and 2000 at the Jericho homestead where the Reapp family once lived.
If you have any information concerning Grace’s whereabouts, please contact:
Vermont State Police
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If you have any information on this case please contact CUE Center For Missing Persons at (910) 343-1131 24 hour tip line (910) 232-1687.