Creek, Dunn County, Wisconsin
young woman hitchhiking across the state of Wisconsin was murdered near Elk
Lake Dam, and her ghost haunts the area near the bridge and the
Mary K. Schlais was found murdered February 15th, 1974.
A man driving a gold or orange compact car was seen pushing the body of Mary K. Schlais from the vehicle onto a township road about 13
miles east of Menomonie in Elk Lake.
believe Mary was hitchhiking and was picked up by
someone in the Minneapolis (MN) area. She was to have
left for Chicago around 10:30 a.m. morning on Friday
February 15th . Her body was found three hours later in
Elk Lake, which would not have left much time for a
delay in her trip.
Police were called by a local neighbor who upon driving
towards his home saw a man dumping something on the side
of the road. The witness went to his home which was
several blocks away and immediately called the police.
When the police arrived the man was gone. The witness
was unable to provide a license plate number from the
vehicle, however he was able to give a description of
the man and the vehicle.
No backpack or books were found at the crime scene.
Mary K. Schlais
This case is considered a cold case, meaning that new leads have not come in, yet the case is still open. As of today the murderer has not
been arrested. There are several details that cannot be released to the public due to the status of this case.
- The ghost of the young
woman was seen along the river under the dam.
- A vanishing lady has been
spotted along the road near the bridge.
- There are stories about
a vanishing hitchhiker.
- A shadow person was seen
running down the bank under the bridge.
- While standing on the
bridge, one person had a vision of
throwing a bag down into the water.
- Virginia Hendricks (died Feb. 1995)
lived near the dam and claimed that Mary would visit her on
a regular basis. Mary was described as wearing a pink angora sweater and white capri pants. She was pretty, in her early 20s, had shoulder-length blond hair, and identified herself
simply as "Mary."
It was believed that Mary" was an apparition because she would appear at the same time every morning and
afternoon walking through Virginia's garden and tapping on her window. Virginia would bring food out to her.
Mary always wore the same clothes, always showed up at the same time each day, and nobody but Virginia could see
her. This happened during the Fall of 1994.
- Two men were sitting by the
dam. One turned around to look behind him, then turned
back toward the water before saying to his friend,
"There's a glowing, white woman behind us."
His friend responded, "I know, but I'm not turning
- According to Dunn County Sheriff John
Kaanta, Mary was not wearing a pink sweater and Capri pants when she was found. She was also found nearly ½ mile from the bridge. She had been repeatedly stabbed, although police determined she had not been sexually assaulted.
- It should be noted that Sheriff Kaanta does not believe the place is haunted and had not heard reports of it being haunted until we contacted him in 1999. However, many residents in the area had heard reports of the bridge being haunted.
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