Victor John Theel
Missing since September 5, 1944 from Paynesville, Stearns Co, Minnesota.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
On September 5, 1944, Jackie Theel attended his first day of school in Paynesville. Jackie Theel attended only a half day of school. He left school to walk home for lunch that day and disappeared.
At 11:30, his teacher sent Jackie home for lunch, asking him if he knew the way home before letting him go.
Then, according to bloodhounds that later tracked his movements, he walked down Augusta Avenue, a block west of Washburne, when the Theel house was located a block east of Washburne. The bloodhounds tracked Jackie to the Crow River, just west of the North American Creamery (now AMPI). There, the tracks of a small boy were found, going west along the river.
The bloodhounds found Jackie's scent on the west end of town along Highway 23, but then the scent disappeared.
A couple returning from Long Lake, near Hawick that day, reported seeing a small boy wearing a blue suit standing along Highway 23 around 13.00 that afternoon. And, later that evening, two local boys reported seeing a small boy enter a light grey car on Highway 23 around 16.45.
Since Jackie was only six and did not have any assets and no reason to be declared dead for estate purposes, he is still listed as missing.
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