Missing: Denise Pflum | Connersville, IN | Uncovered

Denise Pflum

An 18 year old leaves home to retrieve a purse after a night out and never returns home

  • Last updated: July 10, 2022
  • Connersville, IN
  • March 28, 1986


Denise Pflum was an 18 year old senior at Connersville High School who had dreams of studying microbiology in college. She had plans of attending Miami University in Ohio in the fall. She ran track during high school and had intentions of securing a track scholarship in college. Denise was incredibly bright, was the treasurer of the science club, and played volleyball, softball, and basketball. Denise was looking forward to attending the senior prom the following month. Denise had broken up with her boyfriend, Shawn M. McClung who she had been dating for three years. Her mother, Judy says that her daughter was becoming more social since her breakup.

The day Denise went missing. The night before Denise went missing, she attended a party with a few hundred other students. She reportedly left her purse behind. The next day on March 28, 1986, around 12:30 PM Denise left her home to retrieve her purse. Denise called a few friends to see if they would go with her to pick up her purse; none of her friends were able to. Before leaving, she had a brief conversation with her neighbor. This is the last confirmed sighting of Denise. However, a friend would tell her mother, Judy Pflum, that she saw Denise at the Fashion Bug clothing store. But when the friend described her clothing it was incorrect.

When she was discovered. When Denise doesn't return home that evening her parents begin to worry as it's unlike her. Her parents report her missing with local PD. Denise's locked car would later be found parked near a farm. The car was parked alongside Tower Road, a gravel lane east of Glenwood; near a barn. The farmer would later tell police that it hasn't left that spot since 12:30 pm-1:15 pm the previous day. The farmer originally thought the car belonged to mushroom hunters. There was no reason for Denise to be in that area.

Where the case stands today. Denise’s case remains unsolved despite a confession made to police by Shawn McClung in July 2020. However, McClung died in police custody from an undisclosed terminal illness before he could be tried for Denise’s disappearance. To date, the family is providing a $100,000 reward. If you have any information regarding Denise’s case please contact Fayette County Police Department at (765) 825-1110 Ext. 604 or laughlin@co.fayette.in.us


  1. Date Missing:March 28, 1986
  2. Birthday:January 14, 1968
  3. Current Age:54
  4. Age at Incident:18
  5. NAMUS Number:MP10555
  6. Race:Caucasian / White
  7. Gender:Female
  8. Height:5'6"
  9. Weight:135 lbs
  10. Hair Color:Brown

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Location where a friend recalls seeing Denise the day of her disappearence.

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