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Andrea Knabel

Updated: Aug 21

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In 2019, 37-year-old Andrea Knabel from Louisville, Kentucky, was going through a bit of a rough patch. She’d recently lost her job, crashed her car, and lost her apartment. So, she was staying at her mother’s home in Audubon Park, a very affluent area about 5 miles from downtown Louisville. At this time Andrea’s sister Sarah and her partner Ethan were also staying at the home to finish some repairs.


On the night of August 12, Andrea gets into a fight with her mother, Sarah, and Ethan about her life choices. And things get pretty heated.


After a very long night of going to the hospital, being locked out of her home, and going back and forth between her mother’s home and Erin’s home, Andrea goes missing from what’s considered to be one of the safest areas in the city.


Although local police don’t seem to take the case as seriously as Andrea’s loved ones hoped, her case sparks a lot of media attention.


Andrea dedicated a lot of her time to an organization called Missing in America where she would actively help search for the missing. So not only was Andrea’s family looking for her, so was this organization. And everyone had a lot of questions.


Did Andrea get mixed up with the wrong crowd? Did she go undercover for Missing in America and get herself into a dangerous situation? Why was Andrea locked out of her home? And of course, where is Andrea?


Andrea Knabel was last seen on August 13th, 2019, in the area of Audubon Park in Louisville, Kentucky. She was 37 years old when she went missing. As of recording this episode, she would now be 40 years old. She is white with Hazel or green eyes, and brown hair, though she often got blonde highlights. She is 5 foot 7 and at the time she went missing she weighed approximately 180 pounds.


If you see Andrea, please take a photo, and call 911. Law Enforcement does think it’s possible Andrea could be out of the state. If you have less urgent information, you can call LMPD's anonymous tip line at 502-572-5673


Buy a shirt to help raise awareness and funds for further search efforts here: https://www.bonfire.com/where-is-andrea-knabel160/


Donate to the GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/where-is-andrea-knabel


Join Andrea’s Angels on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2323696417869855/?ref=share



Resources:

“Andrea Michelle Knabel, Female, White / Caucasian.” NamUs.gov, https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/60009.


“Audubon Park Kentucky.” Audubon Park Kentucky, https://www.audubonparkky.org/.

Beane, Darby. “Large-Scale Search Being Held This Weekend for Louisville Mother Missing for Nearly 3 Years.” WDRB, 9 June 2022, https://www.wdrb.com/news/large-scale-search-being-held-this-weekend-for-louisville-mother-missing-for-nearly-3-years/article_1bebe6b6-e825-11ec-bfa4-e3153e903a37.html.


Cavallier, Andrea. “Louisville Mom Andrea Knabel Dedicated to Finding Missing People Has Disappeared.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, 27 Aug. 2019, https://www.nbcnews.com/feature/missing-in-america/louisville-mom-andrea-knabel-dedicated-finding-missing-people-has-disappeared-n1047056.


Finding Andrea.


“Finding Andrea.” Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/Findingsndrea/.


Grace, Caray. “On Her 40th Birthday, Andrea Knabel Is Still Missing – and Her Family Still Wants Closure.” WLKY, WLKY, 7 Jan. 2022, https://www.wlky.com/article/andrea-knabel-missing-louisville-family/38695395#.


Hayes, Kennedy. “Search for Louisville Mother Andrea Knabel Continues after Almost 3 Years.” Https://Www.wave3.Com, https://www.wave3.com/2022/06/12/search-louisville-mother-andrea-knabel-continues-after-almost-3-years/.


Kobin, Billy. “As Reward Goes up in Andrea Knabel Case, New Details Shed More Light on Her Disappearance.” Journal, Courier Journal, 23 Oct. 2019, https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2019/10/19/andrea-knabel-reward-increases-missing-louisville-kentucky-moms-case/4020725002/.


“Louisville Metro Police Department.” Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/LMPD.ky.


McAlister, Shay, and Taylor Weiter. “'We Don't Feel Let down, We Are Let down': Andrea Knabel's Family Worried New Leads in Missing Case Might Go Cold.” whas11.Com, 16 Apr. 2021, https://www.whas11.com/article/news/crime/unsolved/andrea-knabel-missing-louisville-new-developments/417-7f98bba5-1749-4492-83ad-b0a1038271a7.


McAlister, Shay, and Taylor Weiter. “'You Fail Every Day You Don't Find Her': Family Continues Search for Missing Louisville Mother.” whas11.Com, 17 Nov. 2020, https://www.whas11.com/article/news/crime/unsolved/andrea-knabel-louisville-unsolved-case-missing-person/417-6c091d6c-11f0-4d9a-8026-d8cf6c9e4e67.


Oprea, Mark. “The Missing Persons Investigator Who Went Missing Herself.” Edited by Brendan Spiegel, Narratively, 25 Feb. 2022, https://narratively.com/the-missing-persons-investigator-who-went-missing-herself/.


Turney, Sarah. “Interview with Mike Knabel and Erin Knabel, 23 July 2022.


Vanapalli, Viswa. “Where Are Sarah Knabel and Ethan Bates Now?” The Cinemaholic, 1 Jan. 2022, https://thecinemaholic.com/where-are-sarah-knabel-and-ethan-bates-now/.


“Where Is Andrea Knabel?, Organized by Erin Knabel.” Gofundme.com, https://www.gofundme.com/f/where-is-andrea-knabel.


“Woman Who Helps Find Missing People Is Now Missing Herself.” YouTube, Inside Edition, 29 Aug. 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWkX6OcsphA.

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