Lynne Schulze was last seen in Middlebury, Vermont, on December 10, 1971. Lynne was a freshman at Middlebury College, and was wrapping up her first semester. She had an exam in the afternoon, but never arrived, and her friends did not see her again. She was reported missing six days later. Her personal possessions, including her wallet, were left in her dorm room.
According to a timeline created by the Middlebury Police Department, Lynne was seen at a bus stop around 12:30 pm on December 10. She reportedly told someone she was going to New York, but the bus had left. Her exam was scheduled for 1 pm, and she was seen in her dorm around 12:45 pm, searching for her pen. She was later seen at the same bus stop at 2:15 pm. There were no confirmed sightings of Lynne after that.
Early in the investigation, it was reported that Lynne was seen hitchhiking, but in 2012, Middlebury Police stated that this was untrue. Some reports state that Lynne was walking to her exam when she decided to go back to her dorm to get her favorite pen. Other source say that her roommate last saw her in their dorm room, where she was looking for her pen, rather than walking to the exam.
There was renewed interest in Lynne’s disappearance in 2015 when police announced that Lynne had been to All Good Things, a health food store owned by Robert Durst, on the day she was last seen. The store was across the street from the bus stop where Lynne was last seen. Durst’s wife, Kathleen, disappeared in 1982, and Durst has long been suspected in the case. He is also a suspect in the unsolved homicide of Susan Berman, and was tried and acquitted of another murder. The police became aware of the possible connection between Lynne and Durst in 2012, and received additional tips after HBO’s The Jinx, a documentary about Durst, was released on HBO. Durst has not been named a suspect or person of interest in the case, and no new information has been release to the public.
Lynne was 18 years old at the time of her disappearance. She was 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighed between 105 and 125 pounds, and had brown hair and blue eyes.
Anyone with information about Lynne’s disappearance should contact the Middlebury Police Department: (802) 388-3191.
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