Inmate's claims about missing boy come up empty

Saturday, November 2, 2013 | 3:01 p.m. CDT; updated 3:30 p.m. CDT, Saturday, November 2, 2013

ST. CHARLES — After months of investigation, authorities are dismissing an inmate's claim that he knew what happened to a 9-year-old St. Charles boy who disappeared 25 years ago.

Scott Kleeschulte was 9 when he went missing on June 8, 1988, while walking near a wooded area not far from his home.

Chuck Miceli claimed a former cellmate abducted Scott. Miceli is a former Chicago-area police officer turned informant. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in 2010 on a federal fraud charge.

Miceli was brought to St. Charles County by U.S. Marshals on June 17 and stayed while police investigated his claims.

St. Charles County prosecutor Tim Lohmar told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the investigation yielded nothing new. Miceli was sent back to a federal prison in Florida.

"We fully investigated his claims and at this point, we have no new information that would assist us in solving this cold case," Lohmar said.

Scott disappeared just before a fierce thunderstorm swept through the area. For six weeks after his disappearance, police conducted large-scale searches of the area near his home. That included digging at a labyrinth of caves in the wooded hillside where Scott was known to play with other children. Bloodhounds, ultrasound equipment, helicopters and volunteers checked creeks and sewers.

Police over the years after investigated several tips. In one case in November 2011, detectives obtained a search warrant for a home near Scott's. They brought out cadaver dogs and drilled holes through the concrete in the garage and other areas around the home. Nothing showed up.

Miceli claimed to have written documentation of details of Scott's disappearance and 13 to 15 other abductions and killings of children and women by the same man. He said the crimes occurred between 1978 and 2005.

Miceli mailed a letter to the Post-Dispatch offering an overview of his claims, writing that he contacted the newspaper to ensure "absolute transparency" in the investigation.

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