Sept. 23 marks 23 years since Amber Wilde disappearance

Published: Sep. 23, 2021 at 9:22 AM CDT
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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Sept. 23 marks 23 years since the disappearance of UW-Green Bay student Amber Wilde.

Wilde disappeared on Sept. 23, 1998. She had gotten into a minor car accident and called her family to tell them she was OK. She placed the call from the landline phone in her August Street apartment at 7:16 p.m. That was her last known contact with her family.

Amber was 19 when she disappeared. She was pregnant.

Amber would be 42-years-old today.

On Oct. 1, 1998, Amber’s silver four-door Subaru was found in the parking lot of the former 50 Yard Line Sports Bar and Roadstar Inn off Lombardi Access Road near Lambeau Field. The FBI says witnesses came forward to say they had believed the vehicle to be parked there since Sept. 28, 1998. It had 600 unexplained miles. Amber’s purse and cell phone were in the trunk. The key was in the ignition. The driver’s seat was pushed all the way back. It’s an unusual position for someone like Amber who was only 5′5″ tall.


Action 2 News has been reporting on this cold case for two decades. Warrants unsealed in 2016 revealed Amber Wilde’s unexpected pregnancy as a motive in the case. Those documents identified a main person of interest as the father of the unborn child, Matthew Schneider.

Green Bay Police Detectives David Graff and Lee Kingston continue to work the case.

Detective Graf told Action 2 News communication with Schneider and those close to him has proven to be difficult.

“At this point and time, they still haven’t provided answers to our questions about what they were doing that day and the days after,” Graf told Action 2 News in 2018. ″We know we’ve been lied to,” Graf told Action 2 News. “How do you make somebody account for that? That’s the frustration that we’re having.”

Graf and Kingston believe more than one person is responsible for Amber’s disappearance.

Subpoenas reveal the court held a secret hearing, also known as a John Doe hearing, in which Matthew Schneider’s close friend was ordered to provide a statement. Nick Petit said “he could not remember what he did that night.” However, he did say he was “most likely not home.”

Neither Petit or Schneider have been charged in the case.

If you have any information, contact law enforcement or use CrimeStoppers to remain anonymous.


Amber Wilde has been entered into NamUs. That’s the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

CLICK HERE for Amber’s NamUs entry.

CLICK HERE for the FBI entry on the Wilde case.

The FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit has helped lead detectives out of state to talk with more people.

“I think there’s other people that know too, that could be a hero and come forward and help, not just us, but Amber’s family,” Graf says.

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