On October 23, 1991, 37-year-old April Vlk was reported missing from her Sea Side Villas apartment in Hilton Head by her father, after last having been seen on September 17.
It was learned that on the date of her disappearance, Vlk had a disagreement with her boyfriend, who told her to leave the apartment.
Witnesses at a local church reported that a barefoot female matching Vlk’s description visited and asked for a piece of cardboard to use for a hitchhiking sign.
Those witnesses advised that the woman wrote Washington, DC on the cardboard and told them she was leaving Hilton Head. Witnesses reported that they gave the barefooted woman twenty dollars to buy shoes at Wal-Mart. Witnesses stated that the woman, believed to be Vlk, then left the church and they did not see her again.
Vlk has not been seen or heard from since.
It is not known whether she successfully hitchhiked off of Hilton Head Island or met with foul play.
Vlk’s DNA profile is stored in the National Missing Persons DNA database.