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Title: Reapp, Grace and Gracie 1978
Description: Jericho VT 32 YO 5 YO


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SUSPICIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
On June 6, 1978 Grace M. (Canto) Reapp, 32 years old, and her 5 year old daughter Grace Noel "Gracie" Reapp disappeared from their home located in Jericho, Vermont.

MISSING

Grace M. Canto Reapp
DOB - 10/1/45
Picture taken in 1978.
VICAP Case # 95VT000003 Grace Noel Reapp
DOB - 2/10/73
Approximately five years old in this picture.

Grace M. (Canto) Reapp is described a white female, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5' 7" tall.
Grace's 2 sons, Brian, age 11 and Patrick, age 8 were in Elementary school at this time.

On June 11, 1978 Michael Reapp reported his wife Grace and daughter Gracie as missing to the Vermont State Police.

MISSING PERSON
This picture was taken in 1995. He is described as a white male, 5' 10" tall, 165 pounds.

He may have a beard. He also may have contact lenses or eye glasses. He has a full set of dentures.

He has worked as a dock master and attended but did not graduate from the Coast Guard Academy.

Social Security #291-40-3809

Michael Reapp
DOB - 7/30/45

On June 16, 1978 Michael Reapp filed for divorce from Grace on grounds of desertion and intolerable severity.

Investigators initially assigned to this case concluded that the unexpected disappearance of Grace and Gracie Reapp was suspicious.

In the years following the disappearance of Grace and Gracie, several State Police investigators have worked on this case.

Various record checks with government agencies, including the State Department and the Social Security Administration have revealed that there is no activity listed on Grace Reapp.

The consensus of opinion is that their disappearance is the result of foul play, and that Grace and Gracie Reapp are dead.

Investigation revealed that Michael Reapp had an extra-marital affair, at the time of Grace's disappearance. The extra-marital affair had been ongoing for almost a year prior to the disappearance.

On November, 1994, Det. Sgt. Gerald H. Charboneau was assigned this case for follow up investigation.

On 09-23-96 Michael Reapp was interviewed by Vermont State Police Detectives at his residence in Jupiter, Florida. At that time, Michael Reapp was advised that the disappearance of his wife and daughter (Grace and Gracie Reapp) was suspicious, and that the investigation was being treated as a homicide case.

At that time, Michael Reapp had admitted to Detectives that he and Grace Reapp were having marital problems for the two years prior to her disappearance, as well as to having sexual relations with several women, including the one whom he eventually married.

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.

On 10-21-96 State Police cadaver dog units, the F.B.I. Evidence Response Team, and a Ground Penetrating Radar Unit were searching the former Reapp residence in Vermont, from where Grace and "Gracie" were reported as missing.

On 10-22-96 a TV news reporter from Vermont called Michael Reapp in Florida and advised him of the current search process underway at his former Vermont residence.

On 10-26-96 Michael Reapp fled from his Florida residence without telling his wife or other family members of his intentions.

On 11-13-96 Brian Reapp had reported his father, Michael E. Reapp, as missing to the West Palm Beach Florida Sheriff's Department.

On 12-04-96 Michael Reapp's pick-up was found abandoned at the New Orleans (Louisiana) International Airport. This is the last confirmed location where Michael Reapp was identified as being.

Michael Reapp's current location is not known.

The Vermont State Police are requesting that anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Grace M. (Canto) Reapp, DOB: 10-01-45, or Grace Noel "Gracie" Reapp, DOB: 02-10-73, contact the Vermont State Police by calling him at (802) 524-5993 Ext. 2705 or via e-mail to Det. Sgt. Gerald H. Charboneau, Vermont State Police.

Furthermore, anyone with information regarding the unexpected disappearance of Michael Eugene Reapp DOB:07-30-45, or his current location, is also encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police.



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Neighbors in Jericho react to developments in the 1978 disappearance of a mother and daughter

Published: Friday, June 23, 2006
By Jill Fahy
Free Press Staff Writer

JERICHO -- For Kenneth Stygles, memories of the disappearance of his neighbors, Grace Reapp and her 5-year-old daughter, Gracie, had begun to fade. It was 28 years ago when the mother and daughter vanished, seemingly without a trace, from their split-level ranch house on rural Hanley Lane.

Only once in a while, Stygles said, would a trip to the mailbox and a glance at the Reapps' former home jog his memory of the missing pair, and of Michael Reapp, who claimed then he had no idea what had happened to his wife and daughter.

Thursday, it all came rushing back for Stygles and for other Jericho residents whose memories can reach back to 1978 and the case that stymied law enforcement officers for nearly three decades.

"I got home tonight and my wife yelled over to me that they've finally started to do something about it," Stygles said Thursday night. His wife, Lynne, had just watched television news reports that Michael Reapp is now wanted for the first- and second-degree murders of Grace and Gracie.

"My first reaction was, 'Oh, I hope they get him,'" Stygles said. "The question is now, how long it's going to be before they can find him."

Stygles said he remembers Michael Reapp, with whom he would often shoot the bull and drink beer, as being nice and a pretty regular guy for the most part.

Teenie Kozlowski, co-owner of Joe's Snack Bar in Jericho, remembers Michael and his wife. Kozlowski used to work in the post office in the 1970s and would often see the Reapps there.

"I knew Grace; she was very nice," Kozlowski said. "He was, too. He just seemed like one of those everyday, ordinary people."

Hearing that Michael Reapp is now wanted for murder didn't surprise Kozlowski. Grace and Gracie's disappearance just didn't make sense back then.

"I can't imagine anybody would just take off and not let their family know," Kozlowski said. Police, who also had doubted Michael Reapps' version of the story, eventually dug up the property in 1996, hoping to unearth the bodies of Grace and Gracie Reapp but never found anything.

Jericho is not the same town it was 30 years ago. Many of the families who lived there in 1978 have moved away, and their homes are now occupied by new families -- most of whom don't remember the Reapps.

Marc Turcotte lives next door to the house that used to belong to the Reapps. He's lived there only eight years and never met the family, but neighbors have passed on the sad story. Turcotte said he, too, wonders what became of the mother and daughter.

"If I'm working in the back yard, digging a ditch or something, I always wonder if I'm going to stumble across anything," Turcotte said. "I'll find a remnant of something, a bone, and I think 'I hope this is not what I think it is.'"
Contact Jill Fahy at 660-1898 or jfahy@bfp.burlingtonfreepress.com

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An arrest warrant has been issued for Michael Reapp age 60 for the 1978 murder of his former wife and their five year old daughter. This photo of Michael Reapp was taken in 1996.


Warrant issued in alleged 1978 double killing

Published: Friday, June 23, 2006
By Adam Silverman, Free Press Staff Writer

WILLISTON -- The Vermont State Police on Thursday declared a missing-persons case from 1978 a double homicide and issued an arrest warrant for the victim's former husband, Michael Reapp.

Police have had little information for a decade on the whereabouts of Reapp, now 60, but hope their actions can resolve the 28-year-old crime.

Grace Reapp, 32, and her 5- year-old daughter, Gracie, were last seen June 6, 1978, at the family's home in Jericho. Police have long considered the disappearance a possible homicide and Michael Reapp a "person of interest."

Authorities recently gathered all the evidence and presented a convincing case to Chittenden County prosecutors and a judge, investigators said Thursday.

The bodies of Grace and Gracie Reapp have not been discovered, despite extensive excavation on the 10-acre Jericho property in the late 1990s. New information has come to the attention of law enforcement, but the primary reason the case transformed into a murder investigation, police said, is
because the lead detective wrote an account that left authorities no plausible alternative conclusions.

"The evidence, though circumstantial, is very compelling," said Detective Sgt. Gerald Charboneau, whose sworn statement led to the issuance of the warrant. "This is the first time it has ever been presented to any judge."

For the family of Grace and Gracie Reapp, Thursday brought an overwhelming sense of relief. Relatives believed their loved ones were murder victims from early on. Formally accusing Michael Reapp -- the man they long suspected of being the killer -- might help them determine where mother and daughter are buried, and with that discovery bring them peace, said Grace Reapp's older sister, Juliana Woodworth, 63, of Franklin, Conn.

"I've waited 28 years for this," Woodworth said. "I've been praying for years we'd get a warrant for his arrest so we could find him, and then we can find them. I don't care what happens to him, don't care if he goes to jail. I just want him to tell me where they are."

Charboneau handed his affidavit to Chittenden County State's Attorney Robert Simpson on the 28th anniversary of Grace and Gracie Reapp's disappearance, he said at a news conference at the state police offices in Williston. Simpson decided to pursue the case and presented the sworn statement and a legal brief this week to Judge Michael Kupersmith.
The court paperwork is expected to be made public today.

Michael Reapp is being sought on a charge of first-degree murder in his wife's killing and second-degree murder in his daughter's slaying.
Gone missing
Michael Reapp was 20 and Grace Canto was 19 when they married Aug. 15, 1965, in Stonington, Conn. They had a son in 1967 and another in 1970, and Gracie was born Feb. 10, 1973.

By 1975, the couple had moved to a home on Hanley Lane, and Michael Reapp began work as an air-traffic controller at Burlington International Airport. The marriage was troubled, Woodworth said, and Grace Reapp suffered physical abuse at her husband's hands.

Grace Reapp was born to be a mother and enjoyed caring for her children, taking them on picnics and hiking on Mount Mansfield, Woodworth said.
"She was a jolly person, so full of fun. She was just a lovely, lovely person," Woodworth said. "The kids never got a store-bought cookie. Everything was fresh-baked and fresh-cooked. Those kids were her whole life."

Grace and Gracie Reapp vanished while the boys, ages 11 and 7, were at school. A note left behind said the pair weren't coming back, Woodworth said. She was suspicious; Grace would never leave her boys, Woodworth said.

Michael Reapp reported his wife and daughter missing June 11, 1978, according to state police. Woodworth began searching for her sister, hanging missing-persons posters and taking out newspaper


There was no word.

Citing "desertion," Michael Reapp filed for divorce June 16, 1978, according to a timeline Wood- worth has compiled. He continued living at the Jericho house with his sons.

That fall, Michael Reapp began sending letters to Woodworth. In them he discussed holidays and work, thanked his former sister-in-law for presents she sent her nephews. He often wrote about Grace and Gracie.
"Some days I really hurt, and other days I am just darn mad," he wrote in October 1978. "I have to tell myself that Grace and little Gracie are happy and getting along, but I would give anything I own to just talk to them, even on the phone for two minutes.

"Sometimes I think I am imagining all this or dreaming or have gone crazy and all this is in my mind."
In a letter that December, Michael Reapp suggested his wife ran off because she was having an affair and left the boys behind because they were old enough to know their mother's actions were "wrong."

"He told me all kinds of stories," Woodworth said. "Lie after lie after lie."
Police work


Michael Reapp married the children's baby sitter in November 1979, moved to Florida in 1983 and divorced in 1985, according to Woodworth's timeline.

Police said they began to focus on Michael Reapp as a suspect and domestic issues as a motive in 1988.
State police traveled to Florida and questioned Reapp, who had married a third time, in the fall of 1996. That October, state and federal investigators, police dogs and others converged on Hanley Lane and began digging under the house and elsewhere on the property. Again they found nothing.

State police say a local television reporter called Reapp in Florida and asked him about the search. He said he was surprised. Four days later, he vanished.

Police found his car at the airport in New Orleans, and bank records showed he made a withdrawal at a nearby ATM. He might have been spotted in 2000 in Cozumel, Mexico, police said.
Reapp, an avid sailor, could be in Mexico or the Caribbean and might be using an alias, police said Thursday. U.S. marshals and the FBI will join in the hunt, and Woodworth said she hopes the case will appear on the television show "America's Most Wanted."
'Piece upon piece'


Charboneau said police have a strong circumstantial case. Reapp repeatedly changed his account of events and motivations, the detective said. Police combed through witness statements. Authorities received several tips and leads since the 1996 search.
"Piece upon piece, layer upon layer" of evidence led investigators to conclude Grace and Gracie Reapp were killed by Michael Reapp, state police Detective Lt. Brian Miller said.

The case is the second 1970s-era homicide Vermont police said they've solved in less than a year. Police in August arrested Kenneth Bailey and charged him with murder stemming from the 1971 shooting of a Winooski man during a robbery. Bailey has pleaded not guilty.

Armed with the new arrest warrant, police in the Reapp case now are focused on finding him.

"This is just another step, another piece of the puzzle," Miller said. "We still have a lot of work to do."
Contact Adam Silverman at 660-1854 or asilverm@bfp.burlingtonfreepress.com









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SUSPICIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
On June 6, 1978 Grace M. (Canto) Reapp, 32 years old, and her 5 year old daughter Grace Noel "Gracie" Reapp disappeared from their home located in Jericho, Vermont.

MISSING

Grace M. Canto Reapp
DOB - 10/1/45
Picture taken in 1978.
VICAP Case # 95VT000003 Grace Noel Reapp
DOB - 2/10/73
Approximately five years old in this picture.

Grace M. (Canto) Reapp is described a white female, 190 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5' 7" tall.
Grace's 2 sons, Brian, age 11 and Patrick, age 8 were in Elementary school at this time.

On June 11, 1978 Michael Reapp reported his wife Grace and daughter Gracie as missing to the Vermont State Police.

MISSING PERSON
This picture was taken in 1995. He is described as a white male, 5' 10" tall, 165 pounds.

He may have a beard. He also may have contact lenses or eye glasses. He has a full set of dentures.

He has worked as a dock master and attended but did not graduate from the Coast Guard Academy.

Social Security #291-40-3809

Michael Reapp
DOB - 7/30/45

On June 16, 1978 Michael Reapp filed for divorce from Grace on grounds of desertion and intolerable severity.

Investigators initially assigned to this case concluded that the unexpected disappearance of Grace and Gracie Reapp was suspicious.

In the years following the disappearance of Grace and Gracie, several State Police investigators have worked on this case.

Various record checks with government agencies, including the State Department and the Social Security Administration have revealed that there is no activity listed on Grace Reapp.

The consensus of opinion is that their disappearance is the result of foul play, and that Grace and Gracie Reapp are dead.

Investigation revealed that Michael Reapp had an extra-marital affair, at the time of Grace's disappearance. The extra-marital affair had been ongoing for almost a year prior to the disappearance.

On November, 1994, Det. Sgt. Gerald H. Charboneau was assigned this case for follow up investigation.

On 09-23-96 Michael Reapp was interviewed by Vermont State Police Detectives at his residence in Jupiter, Florida. At that time, Michael Reapp was advised that the disappearance of his wife and daughter (Grace and Gracie Reapp) was suspicious, and that the investigation was being treated as a homicide case.

At that time, Michael Reapp had admitted to Detectives that he and Grace Reapp were having marital problems for the two years prior to her disappearance, as well as to having sexual relations with several women, including the one whom he eventually married.

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.

On 10-21-96 State Police cadaver dog units, the F.B.I. Evidence Response Team, and a Ground Penetrating Radar Unit were searching the former Reapp residence in Vermont, from where Grace and "Gracie" were reported as missing.

On 10-22-96 a TV news reporter from Vermont called Michael Reapp in Florida and advised him of the current search process underway at his former Vermont residence.

On 10-26-96 Michael Reapp fled from his Florida residence without telling his wife or other family members of his intentions.

On 11-13-96 Brian Reapp had reported his father, Michael E. Reapp, as missing to the West Palm Beach Florida Sheriff's Department.

On 12-04-96 Michael Reapp's pick-up was found abandoned at the New Orleans (Louisiana) International Airport. This is the last confirmed location where Michael Reapp was identified as being.

Michael Reapp's current location is not known.

The Vermont State Police are requesting that anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Grace M. (Canto) Reapp, DOB: 10-01-45, or Grace Noel "Gracie" Reapp, DOB: 02-10-73, contact the Vermont State Police by calling him at (802) 524-5993 Ext. 2705 or via e-mail to Det. Sgt. Gerald H. Charboneau, Vermont State Police.

Furthermore, anyone with information regarding the unexpected disappearance of Michael Eugene Reapp DOB:07-30-45, or his current location, is also encouraged to contact the Vermont State Police.


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Grace Marie Canto Reapp


Left: Grace, circa 1960s; Right: Grace, circa 1978


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: June 6, 1978 from Jericho, Vermont
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: October 1, 1945
Age: 32 years old
Height and Weight: 5'7, 190 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Grace has a scar on her abdomen. Her ears are pierced.


Details of Disappearance

Grace and her young daughter, Grace Noel Reapp (nicknamed Gracie), disappeared from their residence on Hanley Lane in rural Jericho, Vermont on June 6, 1978. Grace allegedly left a note stating that she and Gracie left their home voluntarily and had no plans to return. Neither of them has been heard from again. Grace's husband, Michael Eugene Reapp, reported his wife and daughter missing to the Vermont State Police on June 11, 1978, five days after Grace and Gracie were last seen. Michael then filed for divorce from Grace on June 16, 1978, ten days after she vanished. He cited desertion and intolerable severity as his reasons for the dissolution of marriage. Michael and Grace were also the parents of two sons who were 11 and 7 years old in 1978. Grace's relatives stated it would be uncharacteristic of her to abandon her sons.
Authorities questioned Michael regarding his wife and daughter's disappearances shortly after he filed the police reports in 1978. He and Grace married in 1965, when he was 20 and she was 19 years old. Michael admitted that he had several extramarital affairs while wed to Grace, and was having one at the time of her disappearance. There were reports that Grace was physically abused by Michael. He maintained that Grace took their daughter of her own free will and simply vanished. In a letter he wrote to Grace's family members in December 1978, he stated he believed Grace had left because she was having an affair and she left her sons behind because they knew about the affair.

Michael was granted a divorce from Grace in July 1979, just over one year after she was last seen. He married their children's former babysitter in November 1979; they divorced in 1985. Michael continued to tell authorities that he believed Grace and Gracie were living with Grace's relatives and stated that he hoped Gracie would contact him in the future. Grace's family, however, continued to investigate their disappearances and heard from neither Grace nor Gracie since 1978.

The missing persons case was reopened in the summer of 1987. Extensive searches of the Reapps' former Vermont property have been conducted since 1978. Investigators have not located any sign of Grace or Gracie's whereabouts. Their cases were reclassified as homicides in 1996. Michael moved his sons to Florida and remarried for a third time by the mid-1990s. In May 1996, one of Grace's sons died in Germany of natural causes. Vermont authorities interviewed Michael in Florida in September 1996. He continued to claim he believed his former wife and daughter were fine.

Michael left his home in Jupiter, Florida on October 26, 1996. He drove his gray 1994 Isuzu pickup truck with with Florida plates numbered JJZ55G to New Orleans, Louisiana, and bank record show he made a withdrawal at New Orleans automatic teller machine (ATM). Michael and Grace's surviving son reported his father as a missing person to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department in November 1996. Michael's truck was located at an airport in New Orleans in December 1996, but there was no trace of him. He took only his toothbrush and cigarettes. There was a possible sighting of Michael in Cozumel, Mexico in 2000, but his loved ones have not heard from him since 1996.

Grace's family members had her and Gracie declared legally deceased in 1997. In June 2006, authorities charged Michael with first-degree murder in connection with Grace's disappearance and second-degree murder in connection with Gracie's. They theorize that Grace was killed because she found out about Michael's affair, and Gracie was killed because she witnessed her mother's murder. Michael remains at large and investigators have had little information on his whereabouts since he disappeared in 1996. Grace and Gracie's remains have not been recovered.

A photo of Michael and his 1996 vital statistics are posted below. Investigators are renewing their efforts to find him so he can stand trial for the murders of Grace and Gracie.



Michael E. Reapp

Above: Michael, circa 1996

Date Of Birth: July 30, 1945
Age: 51 years old
Height and Weight: 5'10, 165 - 180 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes. Michael may have a beard and/or moustache. He wears a full set of dentures. Michael wears contact lenses or eyeglasses.
Other Details: Michael has experience working as a dockmaster. He attended the United States Coast Guard Academy, but never graduated. Michael was employed as an air traffic controller until the nationwide strike in 1981. He smokes cigarettes.


Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Vermont State Police
802-524-5993
Extension 2705



Source Information
Vermont Department Of Public Safety
What Happened To Grace and Little Gracie?
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Burlington Free Press
WCAX-TV



Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

Last updated June 25, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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Grace Noel Reapp


Above Images: Gracie, circa 1978


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: June 6, 1978 from Jericho, Vermont
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: February 10, 1973
Age: 5 years old
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair. Grace's nickname is Gracie.


Details of Disappearance

Gracie and her mother, Grace Marie Canto Reapp, disappeared from their residence on Hanley Lane in rural Jericho, Vermont on June 6, 1978. Grace allegedly left a note stating that she and Gracie left their home and had no plans to return. Neither of them has been heard from again. Grace's husband, Michael Eugene Reapp, reported his wife and daughter missing to the Vermont State Police on June 11, 1978, five days after Grace and Gracie were last seen. Michael then filed for divorce from Grace on June 16, 1978, ten days after she vanished. He cited desertion and intolerable severity as his reasons for the dissolution of marriage. Michael and Grace were also the parents of two sons who were 11 and 7 years old in 1978. Grace's relatives stated it would be uncharacteristic of her to abandon her sons.
Authorities questioned Michael regarding his wife and daughter's disappearances shortly after he filed the police reports in 1978. He and Grace married in 1965, when he was 20 and she was 19 years old. Michael admitted that he had several extramarital affairs while wed to Grace, and was having one at the time of her disappearance. There were reports that Grace was physically abused by Michael. He maintained that Grace took their daughter of her own free will and simply vanished. In a letter he wrote to Grace's family members in December 1978, he stated he believed Grace had left because she was having an affair and she left her sons behind because they knew about the affair.

Michael was granted a divorce from Grace in July 1979, just over one year after she was last seen. He married their children's former babysitter in November 1979; they divorced in 1985. He continued to tell authorities that he believed Grace and Gracie were living with Grace's relatives and stated that he hoped Gracie would contact him in the future. Grace's family, however, continued to investigate their disappearances and heard from neither Grace nor Gracie since 1978.

The missing persons case was reopened in the summer of 1987. Extensive searches of the Reapps' former Vermont property have been conducted since 1978. Investigators have not located any sign of Grace or Gracie's whereabouts. Their cases were reclassified as homicides in 1996. Michael moved his sons to Florida and remarried for a third time by the mid-1990s. Vermont authorities interviewed Michael in Florida in September 1996. He continued to claim he believed his former wife and daughter were fine. In May 1996, one of Grace's sons died in Germany of natural causes.

Michael left his home in Jupiter, Florida on October 26, 1996. He drove his gray 1994 Isuzu pickup truck with with Florida plates numbered JJZ55G to New Orleans, Louisiana, and bank record show he made a withdrawal at New Orleans automatic teller machine (ATM). Michael and Grace's surviving son reported his father as a missing person to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department in November 1996. Michael's truck was located at an airport in New Orleans in December 1996, but there was no trace of him. He took only his toothbrush and cigarettes. There was a possible sighting of Michael in Cozumel, Mexico in 2000, but his loved ones have not heard from him since 1996.

Grace's family members had her and Gracie declared legally deceased in 1997. In June 2006, authorities charged Michael with first-degree murder in connection with Grace's disappearance and second-degree murder in connection with Gracie's. They theorize that Grace was killed because she found out about Michael's affair, and Gracie was killed because she witnessed her mother's murder. Michael remains at large and investigators have had little information on his whereabouts since he disappeared in 1996. Grace and Gracie's remains have not been recovered.

A photo of Michael and his 1996 vital statistics are posted below. Investigators are renewing their efforts to find him so he can stand trial for the murders of Grace and Gracie.



Michael E. Reapp

Above: Michael, circa 1996

Date Of Birth: July 30, 1945
Age: 51 years old
Height and Weight: 5'10, 165 - 180 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Brown hair, brown eyes. Michael may have a beard and/or moustache. He wears a full set of dentures. Michael wears contact lenses or eyeglasses.
Other Details: Michael has experience working as a dockmaster. He attended the United States Coast Guard Academy, but never graduated. Michael was employed as an air traffic controller until the nationwide strike in 1981. He smokes cigarettes.


Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Vermont State Police
802-524-5993
Extension 2705



Source Information
Vermont Department Of Public Safety
What Happened To Grace and Little Gracie?
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Burlington Free Press
WCAX-TV



Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

Last updated June 25, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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Reapp affidavit details facts that led to murder charges

Published: Saturday, June 24, 2006
By Sam Hemingway
Free Press Staff Writer

Michael Reapp lied to police about where he was when his wife and
young daughter disappeared in 1978, according to a new police
affidavit in the 28-year-old case that finally persuaded prosecutors
to charge Reapp with two counts of murder.

Police say he was not at work the night before his wife, Grace, and
daughter, Gracie, supposedly vanished June 7, 1978. In a 1996
interview, he told police he came home from working a night shift,
went to bed, and discovered Grace, then 32, and Gracie, 5, gone after
he woke up. The couple had two boys who attended school as usual that
day.

"Officials with the FAA revealed that Michael Reapp was not working
at the airport June 6, 1978, that he had called in sick," the
affidavit made public Friday said. Reapp, in a 1996 interview with
police, also said he could not remember whether he worked in the days
after their disappearance; police determined he did not go back to
work until June 13.

The discrepancy between Reapp's story and his former employer's
records is one of a number of pieces of circumstantial evidence woven
together by police to determine Reapp killed his wife and child.

No bodies or murder weapon have been recovered in the case. Reapp,
living in Florida in 1996, went missing shortly after learning from a
WPTZ-TV reporter that police were searching the ground around his
former home in Jericho for the remains of his wife and daughter.

Chittenden County State's Attorney Bob Simpson acknowledged that
murder cases built on circumstantial evidence are rare, but said he
was convinced that, with Reapp, the pieces fit together. Although the
affidavit is new, the evidence contained in it was gathered years
ago.

"This is the first time this matter has been presented to me,"
Simpson said. "I felt there was a sufficient basis to bring a
charge." Reapp was charged with second-degree murder in his wife's
death and first-degree murder in Gracie's death.

Simpson said now that the decision to charge Reapp has been made, he
expects the FBI to launch an aggressive search for Reapp, last seen
withdrawing money from an automatic teller machine in New Orleans
shortly after he left his home in Florida.

"The FBI is ready to make a concerted effort to find this gentleman,"
Simpson said. Reapp, now 60, is believed to be living in Mexico or
the Caribbean.

"He's very cagey," said Grace Reapp's sister, Juliana Woodworth, 63,
of Franklin, Conn. "He has a brilliant IQ, and he knows if he told
anybody what he did, he'd be gone. It'd be the end of him." Woodworth
has stayed in close contact with the Vermont State Police
investigation into what happened to Grace and Gracie Reapp.

According to the affidavit, the Reapps' marriage had become an
unhappy one by 1978; Reapp was involved in an affair with a woman who
was a car-rental clerk at the airport. The Burlington Free Press is
not publishing the identity of the woman because she was later the
victim of an alleged assault by Reapp.

Police said the woman recalled getting a phone call from a distraught
Reapp on a "summery day" around the time his wife and daughter went
missing.

"Reapp was emotional over the telephone, crying hard and upset," the
affidavit said the woman recalled. "Reapp had told her that his wife
Grace had left him and that she had also taken their daughter,
Gracie."

The woman said she told police she asked Reapp why he was so
upset. "I thought that's what we were heading for," she said she told
Reapp. The woman said Reapp told her he couldn't talk anymore,
adding, "I'll talk to you in a while, and just hang in there for me."

The woman moved into the Reapp home shortly after the disappearance
of Grace and Gracie Reapp, purportedly to be the two boys' live-in
baby sitter. She eventually married Reapp. Later, the woman said
Reapp beat her and might have killed her had relatives not stepped in
and stopped him.

The woman told police about a time Reapp had his hand around her
throat and declared, "Yeah, it's me; I'm back, and I'm your worst
nightmare." After another fight, she said he told her that she "did
not physically fight back like Grace."

The affidavit also said Reapp filed for divorce from his first wife
just 10 days after she disappeared and did not inform police that she
and his daughter were missing for four days.

Reapp told police at the time that his wife had left a note saying
she was leaving him and asking that he not try to find her. When
police asked to see the note, he claimed he had lost it.

"Michael Reapp had both motive and opportunity to kill his wife," the
affidavit said. "It is reasonable to believe he killed his daughter
because she was a witness to the killing of his wife."

POLICE AFFIDAVIT file of Michael Reapp's police affidavit, go to:
http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/assets/pdf/BT32278623.PDF ://http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/...BT32278623.PDF


monkalup - January 2, 2007 01:54 AM (GMT)
http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/325dfvt.html

http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/326dfvt.html

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Police break 30-year-old Jericho homicide

Published: Thursday, June 22, 2006
The Vermont State Police on Thursday declared a missing-persons case
from 1978 a double homicide and issued an arrest warrant for the
victim's former husband, Michael Reapp.

Grace Reapp and her daughter, Gracie, last were seen June 6, 1978 at
their home in Jericho. Police have long considered the disappearance
a possible homicide and her husband a "person of interest." Reapp's
family, convinced the two had been slain, had Chittenden County
Probate Court declare them dead.

Authorities have searched the Jericho homestead repeatedly for
evidence over the years. Last October, police said the case was cold
but remained open.

monkalup - January 2, 2007 02:04 AM (GMT)

Ell - August 2, 2007 01:13 PM (GMT)
Calander of events in this case:





AUGUST 15, 1965 - Michael E. Reapp, 20, and Grace Marie Canto, 19, are married in Stonington, CT. They move to Vermont about ten years later.

MARCH 12, 1967 - Brian Michael Reapp is born in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

AUGUST 3, 1970 - Patrick Reapp is born in New London, CT.

FEBRUARY 10, 1973 - Grace Noel Reapp (Little Gracie) is born in New London, CT., the third and last of their three children.

NOVEMBER 15, 1977 - Michael Reapp disappears, leaving a note that he is going to work undercover for the C.I.A. and he also gives his wife, Grace, power of attorney. He calls her a week later, crying and wanting to come home. Grace takes him back...they tell him at work that he has to get counseling if he wants to continue working as an air traffic controller.

MAY, 1978 - Grace Reapp's mother visits the Reapps' Jericho home on Memorial Day weekend. She brings back gifts for Grace's sister, Juliana C. Woodworth.

JUNE 6, 1978 - Grace Reapp, 32, and her daughter, Gracie Reapp, 5, disappear from their Jericho home leaving a note that they do not plan to return. Her sons, Brian, 11, and Patrick, 8, were at Jericho Elementary School at the time of their disappearance.

JUNE 11, 1978 - Michael Reapp reports his wife and daughter missing to Vermont State Police, after his sister-in-law, Juliana C. Woodworth, calls to speak with her sister and he tells her that Grace is not there.

JUNE 16, 1978 - Ten days after his wife and daughter's disappearance, Michael Reapp files for divorce from Grace on grounds of desertion and "intolerable severity."

AUGUST, 1978 - Juliana C. Woodworth, Grace Reapp's sister, puts an ad in the classified section of the Burlington Free Press..."Grace, call your sister Julie".

AUGUST, 1978 - The Burlington Free Press refuses to run photos of the two missing people because the Vermont State Police decline to say that the disappearances are suspicious.

SEPTEMBER, 1978 - Juliana C. Woodworth distributes missing persons' fliers in Vermont and surrounding states as well as the Canadian border.

APRIL, 1979 - Woodworth turns to U. S. Representative Christopher Dodd as well as the Social Security Administration in an attempt to trace Grace Reapp's whereabouts. Social Security advises they have no records indicating Grace's employment.

JULY 10, 1979 - Michael Reapp's divorce petition from Grace is final.

OCTOBER, 1979 - Michael Reapp seeks a town building permit to close in the garage under his house and to add a new garage. The old garage is converted into living quarters.

NOVEMBER 24, 1979 - Michael Reapp marries Donna Roussin, 26, of Jericho, who had been his sons' babysitter.

1980 - Juliana C. Woodworth and her family travel to Vermont to interview neighbors, the mailman, friends and anyone who knew Grace Reapp, hoping someone can help her in her search for her sister, Grace, and her niece, little Gracie.

1981 - Michael Reapp loses his job as an air traffic controller at the Burlington International Airport, following a nationwide strike.

NOVEMBER, 1982 - Juliana Woodworth joins the Groton Town (CT) Police Department as a dispatcher. During the next three years, she uses her spare time to try to trace her sister and niece and reads bulletins about unidentified found bodies.

MAY, 1983 - Michael and Donna Reapp sell their Jericho home and move to Florida.

1985 - Michael Reapp and his second wife, Donna, are divorced.

1986 - The remains of a woman and child are found in a state park in Allenstown, N.H. Juliana Woodworth forward Grace's dental records to authorities, but they do not match. Woodworth, who has transferred to the Groton Public Works Department, had been told about the case by a Groton Town Police Sergeant.

SUMMER, 1987 - The Vermont State Police ask Grace Reapp's sister for permission to reopen the missing persons' case. They subsequently conduct a search on the former Reapp homestead.

1988 - The Vermont State Police do an exterior search of the former Reapp Homestead.

NOVEMBER, 1989 - Juliana Woodworth meets her nephew, Brian Reapp, in Florida, to explain what she knows about her sister and her niece's disappearances. It is a tearful meeting for them.

MAY 26, 1996 - In Germany, Patrick Reapp dies at the age of 25 years old from complications due to the flu.

SEPTEMBER, 1996 - Vermont State Police detectives visit Florida to re-interview Michael Reapp. He is NOT told that the police plan to dig under the old garage, which had been renovated into living space.

SEPTEMBER 27, 1996 - Juliana C. Woodworth meets with prosecutors and investigators to get assurances that they are giving the case proper attention.

OCTOBER 21, 1996 - The F.B.I. Evidence Response Team, Vermont State Police, four cadaver dogs and others converge on the former Reapp residence in Jericho to do a search under the house and the surrounding ten-acre parcel.

OCTOBER 22, 1996 - Michael Reapp is contacted in Florida by WPTZ-TV and tells them the digging surprises him. He further states that his wife and child left voluntarily and he always expected that his daughter would make contact again.

OCTOBER 23, 1996 - The Vermont State Police contact Juliana C. Woodworth, notifying her they did not find anything.

OCTOBER 26, 1996 - Michael Reapp leaves his Jupiter, Florida home with a toothbrush and his cigarettes in his 1994 gray Isuzu pickup truck with Florida plate JJZ55G. His third wife, also named Donna, files no police report.

NOVEMBER 13, 1996 - Brian Reapp reports his father missing to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department (Case #96149532), located in West Palm Beach, FL. Investigators trace Michael to New Orleans a couple of days after he left his Jupiter home.

DECEMBER 3, 1996 - To date, there has been no trace of Michael Reapp.

DECEMBER 4, 1996 - Michael Reapp's pickup truck is found abandoned at the New Orleans Airport...however, there is still no sign of Michael Reapp.

JANUARY 13, 1997 - At 4:45 p.m., Juliana Woodworth receives a telephone call from Michael's wife, Donna Lee. Juliana said "Hello" and Donna said, "I'm sorry...I have the wrong number" and hung up.

FEBRUARY 8, 1997 - Michael Reapp's mother, Mrs. Jesse Waugh, of Ohio, calls Juliana Woodworth, inquiring if there are any new developments in the case because no one has contacted her. She further states she has not heard from her son, Michael. She also says that she feels Michael could not have murdered his wife or daughter. Juliana Woodworth is uncertain if Mrs. Waugh was calling out of sincere concern or if perhaps Michael had encouraged her to make the call.

AUGUST 2, 1997 - The Woodworth's flew Brian Reapp from Florida to Burlington, Vermont, where the Woodworth's had driven from Connecticut to meet him at the airport. They spent two days there, going over the Reapp property with Brian, hoping something might click in his mind. They also met with the State Police.

AUGUST 5, 1997 - Juliana Woodworth's attorney, Karen Borgstrom, arranges to have Brian Reapp hypnotized to see if he would reveal anything that might help the case.

NOVEMBER 19, 1997 - Juliana Woodworth forwards a petition to the court to issue death certificates for Grace and little Gracie. She further hopes that Dr. Miller will release information he has in his possession, ultimately resulting in a warrant for Michael Reapp's arrest.

DECEMBER 12, 1997 - Juliana Woodworth appears in probate court. Judge Susan Fowler, Judge of Probate, signs two orders for presumption of death certificates for Grace Canto Reapp and Grace Noel Reapp.

OCTOBER 5-8, 1998 - The State of Vermont, along with the Vermont Police, went back for the third time to the former Reapp property in Jericho, VT, where Grace and little Gracie resided and disappeared from. They excavated the entire back yard (including the area of the former chicken coop), coming up empty again.

JUNE, 1999 – Juliana Woodworth receives a telephone call from Det. Sgt. Jerry Charboneau who states he has not closed the case and there may be an opportunity to get the story on AMERICA’S MOST WANTED.

FEBRUARY 1, 2000 - Detective Jerry Charboneau called Grace's sister, Juliana Woodworth, and informed her that a web site has been set up by the Vermont State Police in hopes of finding some clue regarding the disappearances of Grace, little Gracie, and especially Michael E Reapp



The URL is: Vermont State Police
"http://www.dps.state.vt.us/vtsp/jericho_disappear.html"

MARCH 3, 2000 - Webmaster Clementine Clay is contacted by Juliana Woodworth. With hopes of helping to solve the mysteries of the disappearances, Clem immediately constructs a web page entitled "What Happened To Grace & Little Gracie?"

MARCH 23 & 24, 2000 - Juliana Woodworth once again travels to Vermont to meet with Det. Sgt. Jerry Charboneau and his supervisor, Lt. Robert White, to discuss the present status of the case as well as what can be done in the future. Also discussed were the two web sites, which have been created in hopes of gaining additional information regarding the disappearances.

MAY 1 & 2, 2000 - A specialized FBI team, assisted by the Vermont State Police, returned to the Jericho homestead that Grace and little Grace disappeared from. Using state-of-the-art remote imaging equipment at strategic areas on the property, they spent two full days there.

JULY & AUGUST 2000 - Online contacts and friends email hundreds of individuals, organizations, businesses and locations, attaching Michael Reapp's photograph, inquiring if he has been seen in their area. Numerous responses are received and investigated.

AUGUST 11, 2000 - Juliana Woodworth and Clem receive an email from a medium, Frances Hollis-Powles, who lives in Great Britain and is a LOTH sister of Clem's. She offers to help, her kind and most generous offer is accepted, and we immediately begin to diligently work with her.

OCTOBER 18, 2000 - Frances Hollis-Powles, after many emails and telephone calls with Juliana Woodworth, forwards a map via the Internet, indicating a Vermont location where she feels evidence and perhaps Grace and little Gracie's bodies are housed. Juliana Woodworth, her husband, Dewey, and her son, Christopher, along with Grace's Vermont friends and neighbors, begin to plan a physical search in Jericho and they schedule it for Saturday, October 28, 2000.

OCTOBER 23 & 24, 2000 - Law enforcement officials again arrive at the Jericho homestead with an excavator to comb specific areas of the property, performing another extensive dig in search of the bodies.

OCTOBER 27, 2000 - Juliana, with her husband, Dewey, and her son, Christopher, depart for Jericho, VT, where they will meet the search team in an attempt to locate evidence and the remains of Grace and little Gracie. Equipped with the detailed map drawn by the well-known international medium, Frances Hollis-Powles, their hopes are high.

OCTOBER 29, 2000 - Each member of the search team has returned home after finding an area that looks extremely promising. However, due to inclement weather conditions, the search was aborted. Plans are to return in the future, after the winter ground thaws, with a cadaver dog to see if he can pick up any scents.

JUNE 3, 4 & 5, 2001 – Juliana, her husband Dewey, and her son Chris, travel from Connecticut to the airport in Vermont where they meet international psychic Frances Hollis Powles and her husband, Keith. The Powles have traveled from Wales in the United Kingdom in hopes that Frances, by physically visiting the area and the marital homestead, will be able to secure additional information regarding Grace and little Gracie's disappearances and the whereabouts of their bodies. The trip was extremely positive and successful with much accomplished and great headway made.

OCTOBER 29, 30, 31, 2001 - Juliana and her husband, Dewey, again travel from CT to Vermont for the extensive dig performed by the Vermont State Police and the F.B.I. Crime Unit of the two-car garage that her brother-in-law, Michael Reapp, added to the side of the house during the year following Grace's and little Gracie's disappearances. After a two-day dig, they did not find any remains. At this time, we are going to re-group and decide what the next step will be, if, in fact, there will be a next step for the law-enforcement agencies. I, personally, will NEVER stop searching for my sister and niece so we will continue on, hoping tomorrow will bring answers.

AUGUST 4, 5, 2003 – Detective Jerry Charboneau returned to Grace and little Gracie’s Jericho, Vermont home to renew the search for Grace and little Gracie. Four air scent dog/handler teams from New England K-9 Search & Rescue who are also certified for cadaver recovery searched the area for two days.

DECEMBER 8, 2003 - Yet another tragedy for the family of my sister, Grace. Brian, her only surviving child's wife, Lucinda Reapp, age 34, was fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident on her way home from work. She leaves Brian and 3 children, Brian Michael, Ashley and Luke.

OCTOBER 30, 2004 - Juliana and her husband, Dewey, travel yet again to Vermont. This time they meet with Kelly Reardon, a reporter for WPTZ Channel 5 News in Burlington, VT. The objective of this visit was to be interviewed about Grace and Little Gracie's disappearance and to try to make some sense of the number of missing persons in VT for an upcoming segment to be aired November 16th and 17th. We both left with a feeling that the interview was fruitful and we hope that something may come of it.

JUNE 22, 2006 - Finally after 28 years I have learned today that The State of Vermont has issued an arrest warrant for Michael E. Reapp in the death of my sister and her daughter. One (1) count of first degree murder and one (1) count of second degree murder. This is a happy day for our family. Maybe now we can get this horrible issue resolved and I can learn "What Really Happened to Grace and Little Gracie".

July 15, 2006 - America's Most Wanted finally did a segment on my former brother-in-law, Michael Eugene Reapp. Hopefully with this worldwide attention we can finally bring him in.

Source: CUE Center

Michael Reapps composite today:

Nut44x4 - June 22, 2010 10:52 PM (GMT)
Vt. police say man wanted in '78 murders is dead

By LISA RATHKE
Associated Press Writer

WATERBURY, Vt. -- Authorities believe the man wanted in the murders of his wife and 5-year-old daughter 32 years ago in Jericho killed himself in Arizona in 1997 during a police chase, Vermont State Police said Tuesday.

The identity of the man in Yuma, Ariz., was unknown for years until the FBI recently matched fingerprints taken from the body with those of Michael Reapp, who is suspected in the murders of Grace Reapp, 32, and her daughter, Gracie. Their bodies have never been found.

Michael Reapp said he discovered his wife and daughter missing when he came home from work on June 6, 1978. Five days later, he reported their disappearance. Ten days later, he filed for divorce, telling his sons, then 11 and 8, that their mother and sister were living with family. He remarried four months after the divorce was final to a woman with whom he had been having an affair.

Police have searched the former Reapp property in Jericho over the years, conducting an extensive search in October 1996. During the search, a reporter called Michael Reapp for comment in Florida, where he had moved his family in 1983.

"Following that phone call, Mr. Reapp, fled his Jupiter, Florida, home and was never seen again," Covell said.

Police later found his vehicle at a New Orleans airport, which had been parked there for several months after he left Florida.

In 2006, police were able to establish enough probable cause to charge him with the murders of Grace and Gracie Reapp, Covell said.

"It obviously is a circumstantial case because we haven't found the remains of Grace and her daughter yet. But it was a culmination of all the events leading up to that time, including the events of Michael Reapp's disappearance following this 1996 phone call," Covell said.

During the investigation police learned of a possible fingerprint match to Reapp's from a man who had carjacked a vehicle and then committed suicide when confronted by police after a chase in Arizona in January 1997.

But some of the information on the fingerprint card was mislabeled so it took a while to match it to Reapp, Covell said.

"When we felt that we were kind of at a stand still with what we could do we asked the FBI for their assistance with it and they were recently able to track this John Doe in Arizona," he said.

Vermont State Police still believe that the remains of the two victims are on the former 10-acre Reapp property or in the heavily wooded area surrounding it, Covell said.

"Although Mr. Reapp is deceased, this is still an active and ongoing investigation. We remain committed to finding the remains of Grace and Gracie Reapp," Covell said.

Police are working with a team of experts including an archaeologist and an anthropologist to evaluate further searches, which can be labor-intensive.

"Sometimes it just goes back to digging holes in the ground," said Detective Sgt. Ed Meslin.

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/06/22/1694...nted-in-78.html

tatertot - June 23, 2010 04:35 AM (GMT)
http://www.yumasun.com/news/reapp-61914-vermont-police.html

13-year-old Yuma case now closed
June 22, 2010 6:17 PM
BY JAMES GILBERT - SUN STAFF WRITER

A cold case in Yuma with links to a double murder in Vermont now has some closure, thanks to a fingerprints check.

Vermont State Police, with the assistance of the Yuma County Sheriff's Office, has identified a man who killed himself 13 years ago in Yuma following a police chase. The man is also suspected of killing his wife and daughter in 1978 in Vermont.

YCSO's Sgt. Raul Garcia said the identity of the man who had killed himself that day went unknown for many years. He said the FBI recently contacted YCSO and asked for the fingerprints taken from the body, which they later matched to those of Michael Reapp, the prime suspect in the now 32-year-old double murder.

The fingerprints were entered into (FBI's) database and compared to (Reapp's) Army prints and it was a match, Garcia said.

Garcia added now that Reapp has been positively identified, it also closes the 13-year-old case of an armed carjacking and robbery that happened near Wellton in 1997.

It is a small world, Garcia said. You never know how a case is going to turn out once you start investigating it.

Juliana Woodworth, the sister of the murdered woman, said the tragedy has put the family through a lot for the past 32 years, but at least now they have some answers.

The last couple of days have been hell, Woodworth said, noting that she's glad Reapp is dead. My goal has always been to find my sister and niece. I wanted him to tell me where they are, but now he is dead.

Woodworth, who is Reapp's former sister-in-law, said in June she was contacted by Vermont police, on the 32nd anniversary of her sister and niece's murder, and told that Reapp had been located.

On June 6, 1978, Reapp reported his wife Grace and 2-year-old daughter Gracie missing from their Jericho home after they supposedly left a note that they did not plan to return. Her sons, Brian, 11, and Patrick, 8, were at Jericho Elementary School at the time of their disappearance. Grace and Gracie's bodies have never been found.

An air traffic controller, Reapp moved to Florida in 1983 after losing his job at the Burlington International Airport. As the investigation continued over the years, due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding their disappearance, police determined that Reapp's wife and daughter were murdered and he was the primary suspect.

Reapp, however, disappeared in October 1996 after he learned Vermont police were excavating their Jericho home looking for the bodies. Their bodies weren't found during the excavation, but a Vermont newspaper reporter called Reapp in Florida to talk to him about it.

I knew he was guilty from Day 1. Why would he have taken off if he didn't do anything? Woodworth said. Their bodies are probably buried somewhere on the property. It is a 10-acre homestead and we have done 28 digs there since 1996.

According to Vermont police, that was how Reapp learned his former home was the target of an investigation and, according to a website created by Woodworth, he left Florida four days after being contacted by the reporter.

Reapp was on the run until Jan. 10, 1997, when he was involved in the armed carjacking in Yuma, during which he took his own life.

Garcia said the incident took place at approximately 1:45 p.m., about 2/10ths of a mile east of the Avenue 31 overpass near Wellton, on the south side of the freeway.

Earlier that day, Reapp kidnapped a man at gunpoint from the Two River's Feed Store, stealing his car and money in the process. The victim was, however, able to escape later and contact authorities.

YCSO, with the assistance of the Border Patrol, launched a massive search for Reapp, which led to a high-speed chase that ended at the overpass.

We had a lot of people out there looking for him, Garcia said. Once we confronted him, we kept giving him repeated commands to show his hands and get out of the vehicle. I was told Reapp never said anything, he just put the gun to his head and fired.

Garcia said since Reapp didn't have any identification on him, his identity was unknown for many years and he was listed as a John Doe. However, since the FBI has matched his prints, YCSO knows who he is and they have been able to close the case.

Vermont police officially charged Reapp with murder in 2006.

monkalup - June 23, 2010 04:51 AM (GMT)
Police in Vermont announced this morning that a man they believe is responsible for murdering his wife and daughter in Waterbury, Vermont in 1978, killed himself in Arizona in 1997 -- nearly 20 years after the murders.

Sergeant Tara Thomas, spokesperson for the Vermont State Police, tells New Times that fingerprints of a "John Doe," who shot himself after running from cops in high-speed police chase in Yuma in 1997, match the fingerprints of Michael Reapp, who they believe murdered his wife and 2-year-old daughter in 1978.


In 1978, Reapp reported to police that his 32-year-old wife, Grace, and 2-year-old daughter Gracie were missing.

Their bodies were never found.

Reapp, who lost his job as an air traffic controller at the Burlington International Airport, moved to Florida in 1983 as police continued to look for his wife and daughter.

​As the investigation continued, "due to the suspicious circumstances surrounding their disappearance," police determined they were murdered and Reapp -- now in Florida -- was the primary suspect.

In 1996, police excavated the home Reapp had been living in with his wife and daughter at the time of their disappearance. Their bodies weren't found during the excavation but a newspaper reporter called Reapp in Florida to talk to him about it.

That, according to police, was how Reapp learned his former home was the target of an investigation and according to a website created by Juliana Woodworth, Reapp's former sister-in-law, he left Florida four days after being contacted by the reporter "with a toothbrush and his cigarettes in his 1994 gray Isuzu pickup truck."

Reapp, police say, was never heard from again but his fingerprints suggest he spent his last moments in Yuma -- stealing a car and shooting himself after a high-speed police chase.

Thomas says although the "John Doe" didn't have any identification, police are fairly certain it's Reapp based on fingerprints and family members identifying him in autopsy photos.

The search for the bodies of Grace and Gracie, Thomas says, continues.
http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/valleyfev..._who_killed.php

monkalup - June 23, 2010 04:51 AM (GMT)
This is just amazing

Nut44x4 - July 12, 2010 12:53 PM (GMT)
Concord Monitor (New Hampshire)

July 12, 2010 Monday

32-year search for suspect in killing ends ; Man's uncle was accused of 1978 double murder

Sitting in front of a computer terminal at the Hillsboro police station, Chris Duncklee watched as a local detective opened an autopsy photograph e-mailed from the FBI last month. What appeared on the screen was unmistakable: a picture of his uncle - the only suspect in a 1978 double murder in Vermont - lying dead on a table with his eyes open and a single bullet hole in his skull.

The image ended Duncklee's 32-year search for Michael Reapp, his uncle who was accused by the police of murdering his wife and 5- year-old daughter and hiding their bodies somewhere around their rural Vermont home.

"I'll tell you right now, I couldn't have been happier to see him dead," Duncklee said. "I was afraid he'd whack my mother or show up someday."

But the search for Duncklee's uncle wasn't simple, and it wasn't short. The autopsy photo shown to Duncklee last month was from 1997, when unbeknownst to the police and FBI in New England, Reapp shot himself in the head after a failed carjacking attempt in Arizona. Duncklee said it wasn't the first strange twist in the case.

The Reapps

Grace Reapp, 32 at the time of her murder, was a creative and nurturing person, Duncklee said. Her daughter, Gracie, was cute and a sweetheart, he said.

Duncklee spent the summer before their disappearance at their home in northwest Vermont near the Canadian border, at times fishing, hunting and hiking. Duncklee also spent time with his uncle, splitting wood and shooting at targets.

"My uncle was a Vietnam vet, and he had a lot of trauma from that," Duncklee said. "He also had a really bad temper."

On June 6, 1978, Grace Reapp disappeared from their home with her daughter, leaving behind her two sons who were in school at the time, Brian and Patrick, and a note that she would not be returning, the police said.

A week later, Michael Reapp reported their disappearance to the police. Five days later, he filed for divorce, claiming desertion and "intolerable severity."

For the first few months after their disappearance, the Vermont police treated it like a missing persons case. Duncklee's mother, who is Grace Reapp's only sister, urged the police to take a closer look and brought her family to Vermont to interview the mail carrier, neighbors and friends of her sister for clues.

Juliane Woodworth said she knew from the beginning that Michael Reapp killed her sister.

"There wasn't a day that I didn't think of them," she said. "I'll never be the same again."

On with their lives

Leads in the case went dry. A year after their disappearance, Michael Reapp filed for a permit to fill the garage under his home to make room for living space and add a new garage off the side of the home. He also was remarried to a woman who baby-sat his children, according to the police.

With no clues and no evidence, they continued with their lives. Duncklee moved to Hillsboro, where he would become an artist and wood-framer and raise seven children. His mother became a police dispatcher in Connecticut, using her connections and free time to work on her sister's case. In 1983, Reapp sold his home and moved to Florida.

The case went quiet for a few years until New Hampshire authorities in 1986 found the badly decomposed bodies of a woman and child in Allenstown's Bear Brook State Park. Woodworth called every dentist in northern Vermont until she found her sister's records. They weren't a match.

Soon after, the Vermont police reopened her sister's case as a potential murder. Det. Ed Meslin said that detectives worked on it when they had time in between other cases.

"Law enforcement was much different back in 1978," he said. "We were not computerized back then."

Over the years, Woodworth sued the police to compel them to continue their search efforts. She helped arrange cadaver-sniffing dogs and excavations of the property, and she hosted a medium from Great Britain who e-mailed to say she felt the presence of evidence near the Reapp home in Vermont.

Anything to find her sister, Woodworth said.

Throughout the search, Duncklee said, his family tried to live a normal life. He spoke with his mother about the case, but when the family met in large groups, it rarely came up.

"I certainly miss my aunt," he said. "She was a lot of fun, and she had a great personality. The tough part for me was that my mother was her only sister, and my grandmother, who is 99, is still lucid and has always known what happened."

Back on the trail

The case picked up again four years ago when the police issued a warrant for Reapp's arrest on charges of first- and second-degree murder. Meslin said detectives wrote a 25-page affidavit linking him to a number of circumstantial pieces of evidence that showed he was responsible - many based on his actions after the murder.

Meslin said Reapp lied to the police a number of times, including claiming to be at work when his wife and daughter disappeared. With an outstanding warrant for murder, a national search began for Reapp. His picture was televised and posted in Vermont and Florida.

Early last month, Duncklee was taking a ferry across Lake Champlain while on vacation when he spotted a man who looked like his uncle. He called an FBI agent working on the case from the ferry terminal with the man's description and license plate.

While investigators determined it wasn't Reapp, Duncklee's tip set in motion a chain of events that led detectives to cross- reference two computerized fingerprint databases. The first is compiled by the military to keep track of service members; the second is a national criminal database.

They discovered that Reapp's fingerprints matched those of a person who committed suicide in 1997 while trying to cross the border with Mexico. Reapp, known only as "John Doe" at the time, had failed to carjack a motorist and was chased into a nearby building by the police, Meslin said.

Reapp was trying to flee the country after learning from a reporter that authorities had returned to the Vermont property to search for the bodies, Meslin said. "As the police were closing in on him, he committed suicide," he said.

Meslin said it was the first time a search like that had been completed. The police in Arizona had put Reapp's fingerprints in the national criminal database in 1997, but no one checked the database when Reapp was charged with murder in 2006. Reapp was buried in an unmarked grave in Arizona.

"Call it a breakdown in the system, or what have you, there was no reason for that to happen," Meslin said. "It just never got connected. It would've been like hitting Powerball to make that connection."

'I put that bullet in his head'

Woodworth said she became emotional when she learned of Reapp's death from an FBI agent who visited her home with autopsy photographs to confirm Reapp's identity.

"I just kept working at (the case), gnawing at it and gnawing at it," she said tearfully. "I put that bullet in his head. Me. If it wasn't for me, they would have never had any report."

Duncklee said he was not upset the connection wasn't made earlier.

"To me, the way I reconcile that is that it has just taken that long for the internet and the networking to come together to make it work," he said. "When you think about it, it's really like a needle in a haystack."

Both Duncklee and Woodworth said they hope news of Reapp's death will allow someone who knows where their family is buried to come forward without fear.

"It's a hunch to me that someone knows more than they're saying, and now that they know Michael is dead, they'll hopefully tell us," Duncklee said.

Woodworth said Reapp's death is bittersweet because it will now be more difficult to find where her sister is buried.

"I'll go to my grave trying to find her," she said. "I don't know how to stop. In my mind, I don't know how to say, 'OK, I'm not going to do this anymore.' "
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Endangered Missing

GRACE REAPP

DOB: Feb 10, 1973
Missing: Jun 7, 1978
Height: 3'0" (91 cm)
Eyes: Brown
Race: White
Age Now: 38
Sex: Female
Weight: 30 lbs (14 kg)
Hair: Brown
Missing From:
JERICHO
VT
United States

Grace was last seen on June 7, 1978 in the company of an adult female relative. FOUL PLAY SUSPECTED

ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)
Vermont State Police (Vermont) 1-802-524-5993

monkalup - June 30, 2011 09:46 PM (GMT)
Grace Marie Canto Reapp


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
# Missing Since: June 6, 1978 from Jericho, Vermont
# Classification: Endangered Missing
# Date Of Birth: October 1, 1945
# Age: 32 years old
# Height and Weight: 5'7, 190 pounds
# Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Grace has a scar on her abdomen. Her ears are pierced.



Details of Disappearance
Grace and her young daughter, Grace Noel Reapp (nicknamed Gracie), disappeared from their residence on Hanley Lane in rural Jericho, Vermont on June 6, 1978. They lived on a ten-acre plot. Grace allegedly left a note stating that she and Gracie left their home voluntarily and had no plans to return. Neither of them has been heard from again. Grace's husband, Michael Eugene Reapp, reported his wife and daughter missing to the Vermont State Police on June 11, 1978, five days after Grace and Gracie were last seen. Michael then filed for divorce from Grace on June 16, 1978, ten days after she vanished. He cited desertion and intolerable severity as his reasons for the dissolution of marriage. Michael and Grace were also the parents of two sons who were 11 and 7 years old in 1978. Grace's relatives stated it would be uncharacteristic of her to abandon her sons.

Authorities questioned Michael regarding his wife and daughter's disappearances shortly after he filed the police reports in 1978. He and Grace married in 1965, when he was 20 and she was 19 years old. Michael admitted that he had several extramarital affairs while wed to Grace, and was having one at the time of her disappearance. There were reports that Grace was physically abused by Michael. He maintained that Grace took their daughter of her own free will and simply vanished. In a letter he wrote to Grace's family members in December 1978, he stated he believed Grace had left because she was having an affair and she left her sons behind because they knew about the affair.

Michael was granted a divorce from Grace in July 1979, just over one year after she was last seen. He married their children's former babysitter in November 1979. In 1983, he lost his job as an air traffic controller and moved his family to Florida. Michael and his second wife divorced in 1985. He continued to tell authorities that he believed Grace and Gracie were living with Grace's relatives and stated that he hoped Gracie would contact him in the future. Grace's family, however, continued to investigate their disappearances and heard from neither Grace nor Gracie since 1978.

The missing persons case was reopened in the summer of 1987. Extensive searches of the Reapps' former Vermont property have been conducted since 1978. Investigators have not located any sign of Grace or Gracie's whereabouts. Their cases were reclassified as homicides in 1996. Michael remarried for a third time by the mid-1990s. In May 1996, one of Grace's sons died in Germany of natural causes. Vermont authorities interviewed Michael in Florida in September 1996. He continued to claim he believed his former wife and daughter were alive and well.

Michael left his home in Jupiter, Florida on October 26, 1996. He drove his gray 1994 Isuzu pickup truck with with Florida plates numbered JJZ55G to New Orleans, Louisiana, and bank record show he made a withdrawal at New Orleans automatic teller machine (ATM). Michael and Grace's surviving son reported his father as a missing person to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department in November 1996. Michael's truck was located at an airport in New Orleans in December 1996, but there was no trace of him. He took only his toothbrush and cigarettes. A photo of Michael from 1996 is posted below this case summary.

In June 2006, authorities charged Michael with first-degree murder in connection with Grace's disappearance and second-degree murder in connection with Gracie's. They theorize that Grace was killed because she found out about Michael's affair, and Gracie was killed because she witnessed her mother's murder. Michael remained at large, however, and renewed attempts to locate him came to nothing for the next four years.

In June 2010, investigators announced they had identified Michael as a John Doe from Yuma, Arizona. On January 10, 1997, Michael abducted a man at gunpoint and stole his car. His victim escaped and Michael was forced to pull over on the highway after a high-speed police chase. He shot himself in the head before law enforcement officers could arrest him. His identity was unknown until a fingerprint match was made thirteen and a half years later.

Authorities have conducted over twenty-five digs on the Reapps' former Vermont property since 1996. They still believe Grace and Gracie's remains are buried somewhere on the property, and they still hope to recover them. Foul play is suspected in their cases due to the circumstances involved.





Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Vermont State Police
802-524-5993
Extension 2705


Source Information
Vermont Department Of Public Safety
What Happened To Grace and Little Gracie?
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Burlington Free Press
WCAX-TV
The Doe Network
The Yuma Sun


Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

Last updated June 23, 2010; details of disappearance updated.

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