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Oliver Wendell Munson
Missing since February 13, 1984 from Catonsville, Baltimore County, Maryland
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: circa 1945
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 39 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Black male. Black hair; brown eyes. 

Circumstances of Disappearance
Munson, a bachelor was last seen in 600 block of Orpington Road in Catonsville, Maryland on February 13, 1984. At 07.50, a neighbor saw Munson leaving his home alone apparently heading to work.
Wendell was an industrial arts middle school teacher in Howard County, MD, and never arrived at school.
He had an occasional girlfriend, but on weekends he often left town to visit his mother and two brothers on the Eastern Shore.
His family reported him missing the next day, February. 14, after checking his home.

On February 16, the 1980 Ford Pinto belonging to Munson was found parked on Braeside Road in Catonsville, about two blocks from his home, in the opposite direction than what he'd take to work. The right front tire was flat, police checked this tire and determined it did not have a leak. In his car was his touring cap he usually wore, his lunch bag, and school notebook on the front seat.

Munson's hobby was working on the old cars. Investigators believe that he may have been murdered in retaliation for testifying against an auto theft ring. Mr. Munson had unknowingly bought a blue 1973 Datsun 240Z car from a ring member the year before he disappeared. This car had been stolen on the morning of Munson's disappearance.

On February 27, another vehicle that had been stolen was recovered at the edge of Leakin Park in West Baltimore. The owner of the vehicle contacted police after it was returned and after finding two business receipts with Munson's name, traces of unidentified blood, and a small caliber shell casing.
His body may have been dumped or buried somewhere, perhaps in Leakin Park, near where the stolen car was later found. February 28, 1984 City police searched Leakin Park without success.
On May 28, 1985 Munson was legally declared dead, the victim of "presumptive homicide," his body was never found.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Baltimore County Police Department

Source Information:
Maryland Missing Persons Network
Baltimore Sun 10/7/1993
NamUs MP #22912

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