Dale Webster Strassburger
Strassburger, approximately 1982
Date reported missing : 08/06/1982
Missing location (approx) :
Le Claire, Iowa
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/10/1944 (76)
Age at the time of disappearance: 37 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8 - 6'0, 180 pounds
Medical conditions : For unspecified reasons, Strassburger is classified as disabled.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Blond hair, hazel eyes. Strassburger has a brown spot on his left arm.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Strassburger was last seen on his way home from work in Le Claire, Iowa at 12:15 a.m. on August 6, 1982. He lived with his parents in Davenport, Iowa. He never arrived home and has never been heard from again. His 1976 Oldsmobile was found abandoned in the eastbound lane on the Le Claire bridge over the Mississippi River on Interstate 80, twenty-nine minutes after he left work. This location is not on his route home. Extensive searches of the river and the area around it turned up no sign of Strassburger.
Three years after Strassburger vanished, a witness in a court proceeding in another state claimed to know about a homicide connected to Strassburger's case. Authorities described the information as "extremely credible" and stated the witness knew information about Strassburger's disappearance that had never been publicly released. They were never able to verify the witness's account, however. In mid-2000, authorities stated they were close to issuing indictments in Strassburger's case, but none were forthcoming.
Strassburger was employed as a machinist at Rock Island Arsenal at the time of his disappearance. Investigators believe he was the victim of a homicide, but little information is available in his case.
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Le Claire Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
The Quad-City Times
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The Des Moines Register
October 12, 2004. July 20, 2020; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.