Dale Duane Williams
Missing since May 27, 1999 from Nucla, Montrose County, Colorado
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Dale was last seen on May 27, 1999.
The longtime area resident was a devoted husband and doting father of two teenage daughters. Dale owned and operated an auto body shop in the nearby town of Nucla.
On the evening of May 27th, Dale failed to come home for dinner. His wife assumed he was preoccupied with a job at the body shop and lost track of time.
By morning his wife discovered Dale had not made it home all night. As soon as she got her kids off to school, she drove straight to Daleís garage. She then went to her mother-in-law's who also hadnít heard from Dale. They checked out several places but failed to find him. Within a few hours police were notified.
Dale Williams had been working as usual at the Pro Body Shop he owns. About noon, while shooting a game of darts in his shop with a friend, he received a call from someone needing a jump start on a vehicle between the towns of Bedrock and Paradox, 24 miles to the west. It was unusual for him to receive a call because Dale was not a mechanic. When he went on the service call, he left his shop open. His tools were scattered around the car he had been working on, and the door to the car was open. Everything appeared like he intended to return shortly to finish the job.
He left his checkbook behind. He also left antibiotics he had been taking; he'd just had his teeth pulled in anticipation of getting dentures. He left solutions he needs daily for his contact lenses.
Police have not located the stranded motorist Dale Williams went to help. But the distress call was placed from a stolen cell phone.
Some claim that Daleís truck was parked in its normal spot at his body shop by 1:30 PM the day he vanished. If true, Dale, or someone else, drove his truck back into town within 90 minutes of his responding to the distress call outside of town.
The last anyone reportedly saw of Williams that day was at the Family Market grocery store in Nucla , where a clerk said he walked in about 6 p.m. and bought a can of soda.
Dale's white 1994 Ford pick-up truck was found under 10 feet of water, by children swimming at the confluence of the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers in western Colorado, six weeks later. The ignition was on and the truck was in gear, and that the driver's-side window was rolled down. The truck entered the river at an angle that required a sharp turn from the road. Tire tracks show the truck was allowed to slowly roll down an embankment and into the river without braking. There was no indication that an accident caused the truck to go into the river. Investigators do not believe Williams was inside the truck when it went into the water.
The pickup was located near a dirt road that connects Colorado 141 and 90 between Uravan and Bedrock.
Authorities have found no reason to believe Williams voluntarily left his children and his wife of 23 years. Authorities also have not found any evidence to point to foul play.
Investigators Colorado Bureau of Investigation
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Montrose County Sheriff's Office
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Agency Case Number: W-1761-99
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