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Case File 81DMIA


Guy Heckle
Missing since February 3, 1973 from Linn County, Iowa
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: December 20, 1961
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 11 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'5; 80 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; hazel eyes. Heckle wears eyeglasses.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Heckle was last seen on February 3, 1973 while on a weekend trip with Boy Scout Troop 101. The group camped at the Kiwanis Cabins along the Cedar River between Palo and Toddville, near the Duane Arnold Energy Center. He was last seen by his fellow scouts about 20.00 that night. He apparently disappeared while playing a game of "capture the flag."
Troop members searched on their own for about 90 minutes before calling the Sheriff's Department. Regular and reserve deputies, Marion police and Civil Defense volunteers searched the reserve near the Cedar River's backwaters that night.
A searcher found Heckle's blue quilted nylon parka, snagged on a log along the river's east bank the next day. Investigators found no sign of foul play. It is believed that he slipped into the icy Cedar River and drowned.
Heckle was a fifth grader at Eisenhower Elementary School.

If you have any information concerning Heckle's whereabouts, please contact:
Des Moines Police Department

All information may be submitted anonymously.

Agency Case Number: 73-53

NCIC Number: M-533883169
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Iowa Missing Persons' Clearinghouse

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