Who was Michelle Schofield?


THE REFERRAL of Michelle Schofield resulted in the arrest of the person believed to be responsible.

When Michelle’s missing person case evolved into a murder investigation, the police arrested her husband Leo Schofield.


The late Michelle Schofield was reported missing by her husband when loved ones tried to locate herCredit: TUSEN News

Who was Michelle Schofield?

Michelle Schofield was an 18-year-old Florida woman from the city of Lakeland.

She worked at a local hamburger restaurant called Tom’s Restaurant and was married to Leo Schofield.

On February 24, 1987, Michelle went missing and local authorities began a search for her whereabouts.

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However, the day she disappeared was the last time anyone would see the young woman alive.

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What happened to Michele?

The Tuesday that Michelle disappeared, she was on her way home from a night’s work.

When she hadn’t met her husband Leo that night for their plans, he alerted the police.

On Wednesday, February 25, Michelle’s orange Mazda hatchback was found unlocked by the side of the local highway.

On Friday, February 27, the woman’s lifeless body was found eleven kilometers from where her car was found a few days earlier.

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An autopsy report concluded that Michelle died after being stabbed 26 times and losing five liters of blood.

On June 24, 1988, Leo Schofield was arrested for the murder of his late wife.

At his trial, he disputed the charges made by several witnesses, claiming he was with Michelle’s father at the time the murder allegedly took place.

However, 21 additional character witnesses spoke out about the tumultuous nature of the couple’s marriage.

The condition of Michelle's orange Mazda led local police to suspect foul play


The condition of Michelle’s orange Mazda led local police to suspect foul playCredit: Polk County Sheriff’s Office

Leo’s trial ended with his conviction for the first degree murder of his late wife and he was sentenced to life in prison.

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The circumstances surrounding Michelle’s murder case are recounted in an episode of 20/20.

How can I watch Michelle’s episode of 20/20?

Michelle’s death and Leo’s trial are revisited in an episode of TUSEN’s 20/20 titled Last Seen in Lakeland.

Scheduled to air on TUSEN, true crime sleuths can catch Last Seen in Lakeland at 9 p.m. EST.

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The episode features anchor Amy Robach as she sits down with Leo, his second wife Chrissie, fellow reporter Gilbert King, and several others who were involved in the investigation as Leo maintains his innocence in Michelle’s tragedy.

For those who missed the first broadcast, viewers can watch Michelle’s episode by streaming it on Hulu.


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