Dwayne David DeFazio
DeFazio, approximately 1989; Kenny Arnold
Date reported missing : 05/27/1989
Missing location (approx) :
Orange County, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/26/1963 (57)
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7, 170 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : DeFazio was last seen on May 27, 1989. He went to the Fairbanks Inn near Winter Park with friends, then was dropped off at his mother's house. He worked for the Burdines department store at Orlando Fashion Square at the time of his disappearance. DeFazio has never been heard from again.
Sometime after his disappearance, DeFazio's mother visited his mobile home and discovered bloodstains on the floor and the bed. DeFazio's yellow Chevette was in the driveway, with its tires slashed and its windshield shattered.
Authorities suspect foul play was involved in DeFazio's disappearance. They believe a local resident, Kenny Arnold, was involved in his case. A photograph of him is posted with this case summary. Before DeFazio's disappearance, Arnold had threatened to kill him, dismember his body and feed it to alligators.
Arnold's fiancee claimed he was with her on the day DeFazio disappeared, but she later admitted she made up the story. She stated that she had witnessed Arnold stab and shoot DeFazio. She did not make these statements until sixteen years after the alleged murder.
Authorities were planning to charge Arnold with murdering DeFazio, but he committed suicide by drug overdose in 2005.
Investigators said they plan to continue to search for DeFazio's remains.
Other information and links : ncy
Orange County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Local 6 News
The Doe Network
October 12, 2004. October 17, 2008; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.