An auto shop owner disappears after he receives a call for help from a stranded motorist.

Dale Williams is missing


Gender: Male
DOB: 7/15/56
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 170 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown/gray


Dale’s truck discovered in a river

On July 4, 1999, a family in Montrose County, Colorado, taking a Sunday swim, discovered a pick-up truck in the muddy water. The Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. The truck belonged to Dale Williams, who had not been seen or heard from for six weeks. The pickup and the crime scene gave no clues to Dale’s whereabouts.

Forty-two year-old Dale Williams was a devoted husband and father of two teenage daughters. He owned and operated an auto body shop in the town of Nucla. The night he disappeared, Dale didn’t make it home for dinner. At first, his wife, Diana, assumed he had just lost track of time. But by bedtime, she was worried:

“I called the shop a couple of times and no answer. So I thought, ‘Well, maybe he just didn’t hear the phone ’cause he’s using the air ratchets or something. I went to bed about 10, I laid there and I felt like something’s wrong. I tossed and turned all night, woke up several times and he still wasn’t home.”

What happened to Dale’s missing posters?

By dawn, Dale had not returned. As soon as she got her kids off to school, Diana drove straight to his garage:

“When I first walked in the shop, the door was unlocked. The hood was still up on the van. His tools were just lying around the vehicle like he’d just walked away from it for a few minutes. I went over to my mother-in-law’s and she hadn’t heard from him the day before or that morning.”

They searched for hours before calling the police. Investigators learned Dale made a brief stop at family friend Tami Lowrance’s office about 12:15 P.M. the day he disappeared:

“I had a windshield that I needed repaired on a truck of ours. I thought it was strange that Dale stopped in, because he didn’t have to stop and tell me. He could have called me.”

Dale was in a hurry. According to Tammy, he told her he was on his way to help a stranded motorist:

“Maybe he felt uneasy about who he was going to give a tow to. I really don’t know. That was the last time that I saw Dale Williams.”

Dale found torn photos at his shop

Investigators also found out that Dale’s friend, Pastor Tom Ross, and his son, had stopped by the body shop late that morning. Tom told the police that Dale received distress call while he was there:

“It was getting close to the noon hour and he said, ‘I’m real busy today, got a full shop.’ ‘But,’ he said, ‘I got time for one game of darts if you want to, if you got time.’ I said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ And a phone call came in. They said they were broken down about three-quarters of a mile east of the Bedrock Colorado Store, just a little country store.”

Dale’s shop did auto body repair. He wasn’t a mechanic. Tom Ross thinks it was strange for him to receive a call for roadside help:

“I did feel it was odd that they called Dale for assistance. But, at the same time, Dale was willing to go and help somebody if they were broken down. We said our good-byes at the shop door. That’s the last time I ever saw Dale.”

Who was the mysterious stranded motorist?

Dale’s friends and family printed missing posters and put them up all over town. Dale’s wife, Diana, explains the strange events that followed:

“We had missing posters up. And I’d noticed, I put some in the post office and about two days later they were all gone. So I put some more in there and in two or three days, they’d disappear.”

A surveillance camera hidden by police captured a photo of the man who tore down the flyers. He was a former friend of Dale and Diana Williams. Lt. Greg Hiler of the Montrose County Sheriff’s Department:

“The individual depicted in the photographs was questioned and he denied any involvement in Dale’s disappearance. He also was able to explain, to give us an alibi, for the 27th of May 1999. For the most part, that alibi is consistent and has been confirmed.”

Twelve months before Dale vanished, he and Diana had helped move the man’s ex-wife to another state without his knowledge. Diana thinks this was the basis for a motive:

“He was angry at Dale for helping his ex-wife move. And then we wouldn’t tell him where she was or anything like that. And I feel like he was really angry with Dale for that.”

A month after the move, Diana said that Dale found some disturbing items outside his shop:

“He went to work and he noticed some pictures torn up there. Just lying all over the ground.”

The torn photographs had been stolen from his shop. They were pictures of Dale and Diana with their now divorced friends. Several .22-caliber rounds were scattered on the ground. A few days later, Diana made a strange discovery in the drop box at the video store she managed: a .22 caliber revolver. The gun — like the torn photos — had been stolen from Dale’s shop:

“I was really nervous ’cause I didn’t know what to think. And Dale just told me to not worry about it, things would be okay and things will settle down. Whatever happened, it was more to scare him, he felt like, than anything.”

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    Velia Becerra

    On Wednesday 23rd. Of October,2019. I met a homeless man in St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in Sacramento,ca. He enter the Church and sat 5 benches to the left side of the isle while I was in line for confession.
    I went to him and started a conversation he was soft spoken and mumbling. He told me he was morning the death of his mother. And in a few days was going to be his birthday. He wanted to write something and he did but I’m not able to understand his writing. What is understandable is: I miss Loirreay Jay crop. Something about Lisa and Alices. He call himself David.
    To me he looks alike Dale Williams. He probably has some mental issues.


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    Dale still hasn’t been found yet, This is just sad


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    When the ex-husband of the woman Dale and Diana helped move to another state, is caught on hidden surveillance removing the missing posters of Dale from the post office, that clearly shows that his anger towards Dale has not lessened over time. The fact that this man’s ex wife moved to another state, refusing to disclose her location to her ex, and obviously instructing Dale and Diana not to reveal her location says a lot!!! This was someone who obviously feared for her life if her ex discovered where she was living. Was this man ever given a polygraph, as to Dales disappearance? Or has he refused a polygraph? Just curious…


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    Could it be something as simple as a disgruntled customer who had not paid him or felt like he had ripped them off and wanted their money or vehicle back. Maybe he was holding their vehicle for payment for his work and they killed him. Sometimes it can be simple, stupid reasons why a person would kill.


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    Bill Blaski

    Dales case needs a new set of eyes looking at it. It would be great to get rebroadcast on the new unsolved mysteries show.


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    maybe the man ripping down the fliers had something to do with his disappearance? maybe he had someone set up a fake distress call to Dale. Maybe Dale knew this person to be the friend of the husband and that is why he was feeling uneasy. Just because the man had an alibi doesn’t mean he wasn’t involved. I think the police should’ve dug deeper into this guy. Seems shady to me


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    Does anybody know the status on the ex wife of said friend? Is she alive? Is she missing?


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    Bill Blaski

    So sad…any updates on Dale?


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    Just a note that his height / weight is incorrect – it should state 5’7, 170 pounds.


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    Alwayssearching, I think it means the Lt. Was talking about the man tearing down the fliers, not that the man was actually the Lt.


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    I agree,check out the man of the ex wife, but also check the phone records to determine if the call came from a cello phone, if so proceed from there.


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    I don’t know about this one. Something is off. Are there no other mechanics in his area? Or was it a customer and he gave him/her his details to call him if they got stranded? I think either it was the husband of the ex wife or the husband got people to carry out the job and kill Dale or he was involved in something that his wife or any one else knew about.


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    Police need to look into Dale’s involvement into drug trafficking. Local police at the time had that suspicion.


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    Chanita jackson

    I just don’t understand what had happened to dale Williams he seemed like he was a sweet man it’s not fair to his wife and his two daughters that they have to suffer somebody needs to bring justice to his wife and two daughters!


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    I need to start off by saying that I knew Dale and was remodeling his body shop at the time of his disappearance. I was involved in the initial search and continued to search for Dale for 7 years following. I would like to address the comment regarding Dale a known drug dealer? The answer is although he was associated with a person that was later convicted of possession with the intent to sell methamphetamine.There is no evidence that Dale was ever involved in drugs. Four days ago on 11/01/2016 human remains were found by hunters in the sawmill mesa area, not far from where Dales truck was recovered. I am praying that they may be those of Dales but after speaking with others involved in the recovery they are not convinced and are waiting for test results. For Dales friends and family lets hope that they may find peace and closure.


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    I have told many people items l knew ,one being relation,another being an employee of Montrose County sheriffs department and have found it funny that nobody ever ontacted me about things l knew or have heard!


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      Then contact the Montrose County sherrif’s department YOURSELF! Don’t sit around with information, go volunteer it yourself! His kids are desperate to know what happened to their dad! Why does someone have to come ask you? Grow a pair, and go report info to the CBI yourself. By anonymous tip or whatever!


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    They forget to mention he was one of the local drug dealers. His body is in a mine shaft somewhere.


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      Now that statement is one that needs to be verified. Is there proof that he did deal in drugs? or just say so? Proof. Was/is there any? So you say he is in some shaft, again where is the proof? Hearsay? What did other druggies say about this? And yes, there were drugs in the area of John D. could not have been convicted because of his involvement with drugs. Someone needs to ask John D. what he knew, because he (John) was very affirmative about the fact he knew that Dale was dead. That was way to much info for me. Avoided John from then on.


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        blm It’s time for you to come forward with the name if this ‘John Doe’ charactet you speak of. You can make an anonymous tip to the CBI if you don’t want to be known. Have a conscience. You obviously know something. Dale’s children deserve answers, now.


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      Unless you yourself are somehow affiliated with drugs, how do you know that? And why should anyone trust what you say?


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    I just now read all the comments. To give some information that was not in this article. There is no AAA in the area is is very small and when this happened there was literally very limited cell service and AAA did not go out there. Dale was a worker by himself he had a few friends who would help him at the shop but for the most part he worked by himself. The for the most part is the lt didn’t want to state it was for sure due to they didn’t have video or phone records to confirm he was where he said he was.


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    This crime should never have happened. Dale should have brought another worker to the site with him as it was lunch hour. Williams own hesitancy with answering call to the stranded motorist proved to be right. Don’t understand why the perpetrators dumped the truck. It looked pretty new and could have cashed it out to somebody for sale. This case can be solved I think. Dale Williams was singled out definitely targeted. The stranded motorist could have called AAA or a number of other places to have a tow.


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    Was this ex friend abusive to the ex wife? What was is reasoning for taking down the fliers? Did they ever get the phone records from customer who needed help


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    Man goes missing after receiving call for assistance. Apparently he seemed to be in a rush and uneasy. Family prints missing persons flyers, some one pulls flyers down, person is caught on camera. Said person is a lieutenant with the Montrose County Sheriff s Department and his Alibi checks out… “FOR THE MOST PART”. Let’s not forget we are talking about a man.who had beef with the now missing auto body repairs man. I can’t be the only one that finds this slightly disturbing. I would also love to hear the excuse this Lt. has for taking down the missing person flyers. Also why would the Lt’s wife need help leaving him.
    I hope that Dale Williams’ friends n family one day know peace and find closure.


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      You need to reread the article. The person in question was not the lt. The lt. Is the man giving the statement below his name.. they do not mention the name of the friend in this article that is confidential except to those of the few who grew up there know who there talking about.


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    What does “for the most part” mean. The former friend seems like a little guilty they need to do some further investigating into this man.


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ARTICLE 1. Personalization
1.1 We may use the contact information you give us to better tailor your Website experience to your interests, and to send you information about Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. and its services as well as promotional material on behalf of some of our partners. We may use other information that you provide to us to show you content in which you may be interested and to display the content according to your preferences. We will also share this information within Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. in order to enhance your experience on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. Websites.
1.2 In addition, we may share this information with advertisers or other third parties that are not part of the Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. family on an aggregate or other basis that does not disclose your identity or contact information.

ARTICLE 2. Online Surveys/Contests
2.1 From time to time, we may conduct online surveys and contests. These may ask you for contact information (like name or email address) and demographic information (like zip code or age).
2.2 We may use this contact information from our surveys and contests to provide you with information about our company and promotional material on behalf of some of our partners, and to contact you when necessary.

ARTICLE 3. Shopping/Commercial Services
3.1 This Website may offer shopping services, which may be offered by us or by a firm that operates a store under contract with us. If our Website offers shopping or other commercial services, you will use a customer order form to request information, products, and services. The order form will ask you to give us contact information (like name or email address), financial information (like account or credit card numbers), and demographic information (like zip code or age).

3.2 We will use the financial information that you provide to bill you for products and services. By giving our Website your credit card and related personal information, you are authorizing our store to give that information to the merchant and credit card company in order to confirm and fulfill your order.

3.3 We will use contact information from the order form to fulfill your orders. We may also use contact data to get in touch with you when necessary. We will not otherwise use or distribute your financial information without your prior approval.

ARTICLE 4. Public forums
4.1 This Website may make available chat rooms, blogs, forums, message boards, and news groups. Please remember that any information that you disclose in these areas becomes public information and you should exercise caution when deciding to disclose your personal information. Information disclosed by you or by others enters the public domain and may be freely used by any other persons or entities using the site.

ARTICLE 5. Information Sharing With Third Parties
5.1 From time to time we may enter into a special relationship with another company that is not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. to provide additional features at this Website. These special relationships may include “powered by” partners, business partners, sponsors, and co-branded sites (referred to here as “co-branded pages”). These might include, for example, pages that share our name and that of another entity. You should look for a specific privacy statement on any such co-branded page. Any personal information that you provide when signing up at one of those co-branded pages may be shared with our third party partner. You should also check our partner’s website for information regarding its privacy policies.

5.2 Also, the nature of some features of our Website may require that we share personal information about you with persons or companies outside of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. For example, this may occur at a feature that enables you, via our Website, to ask questions of persons or entities that are not part of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. By responding to those features of the site, whether by email or direct entry of information on our Website, you are consenting to our transferring that information to such persons or entities.

5.3 With respect to specific registration modules, like contests, we may disclose personal information collected, and we may post a conspicuous statement on the registration module to the effect that we will be disclosing the information collected with third parties.

5.4 Finally, we may share any of the information collected from you with these other non- Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc companies in an aggregate basis. The aggregated information is not linked to any information that can identify you.

ARTICLE 6. IP Address and Log Files
6.1 We may use your IP address to administer our Website, to help diagnose problems with our server, to analyze trends, to track users’ webpage movements, to help identify you and your shopping cart, and to gather broad demographic information for aggregate use.

ARTICLE 7. Cookies
7.1 This Website may use a standard technology called a “cookie” to collect information about how you use the Website. Cookies reside on your computer and help our Website to recognize your computer’s browser as a previous visitor. This information allows us to customize delivery of information. For example, our Website may use cookies to save and remember registration information or preferences that you may have set while browsing the Website, to keep track of your shopping cart, to ensure you don’t see the same ad content repeatedly, to deliver content specific to your interests, and to save your password so you do not have to re-enter it each time you visit our site. We use cookies only to gather information as indicated in this policy.

7.2 In addition, on occasion our site may also set a “session cookie” which helps us administer the Website. The session cookie expires when you close your browser and does not retain any information about you after it expires.

7.3 Finally, we may also use an ad network provider to help present advertisements on this and other Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. websites. This ad network provider, like other advertising service vendors, uses cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies on the hard drive of your computer to serve you advertisements tailored to interests you have shown by browsing on this and other sites you have visited, and to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before and to avoid sending you duplicate advertisements. In doing so, the provider collects non-personal data such as your browser type, your operating system, web pages visited, time of visits, content viewed, ads viewed, and other clickstream data. The use of cookies, web beacons, or similar technologies by these ad network providers is subject to their own privacy policies, not ours, and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. assumes no responsibility for the collection or use of such information.

ARTICLE 8. Banner Advertising
8.1 We have contracted with an ad-service to place banner advertising on our Website. All of the data provided and generated by the ad-server software remains in our possession. This feature of our Website may, on occasion, set “cookies” on your computer. Any information collected or stored by the ad-service or the cookies is treated in the same manner as other information described in this statement.

ARTICLE 9. Children’s Personal Information
9.1 Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act:

9.1.1 This site does NOT collect, use, or disclose personal information (including online contact information) of children under the age of thirteen (13).

9.1.2 In the event that a child under the age of 13 attempts to register on our site, we will NOT accept the registration and will delete information received from the child.

9.1.3 In the event that a child posts personal information in a public forum such as a chat room, we will attempt to delete that information once we become aware of it.

ARTICLE 10. Security of Your Personal Information
10.1 Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. employs reasonable security measures consistent with standard industry practice, for information collected through this Website. We believe that we have adequate security measures in place in our physical facilities to protect against the loss, misuse, or alteration of the information we collect on our Website. We also use internal protections to limit access to users’ personal information to only those employees who need the information to perform a specific job.

ARTICLE 11. Sale or Merger
11.1 If this Website is sold to, or merges with, another company not owned by Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc., you should expect that some or all of the information collected from this Website may be transferred to the buyer/surviving company. If so, CMP will seek to obligate the acquiring company to use any personal information transferred by this Website in a manner consistent with this statement, but cannot guarantee that it will be able to impose that requirement or that the acquiring company will comply.

ARTICLE 12. Legal Process
12.1 You should be aware that Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or third parties under certain circumstances, such as in court or regulatory proceedings.

ARTICLE 13.  Contacting the Website

13.1        If you have any questions about this Privacy Statement, the practices of this Website, or your dealings with this Website, please contact us at:

ARTICLE 14.  general information

14.1        Choice of Law:  This Agreement and the Additional Terms shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of the State of California , as it is applied to agreements entered into and to be performed entirely within such state, without regard to conflict of law principles.

14.2        Choice of Forum:  You agree that any cause of action you or Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. brings to enforce this Agreement and/or the Additional Terms, or in connection with any matters related to this Website and/or the Privacy Statement, shall be submitted to arbitration in the County of Los Angeles, State of California, United States of America in accordance with the commercial rules and regulations of the American Arbitration Association then in effect (as amended herein), provided that said arbitration shall be heard before a single arbitrator, who shall be a retired judge, selected pursuant to such rules and regulations, and shall be conducted on an expedited basis and in confidence. The arbitrator’s decision shall be controlled by the terms and conditions of this agreement and any other agreements I may enter into with you, and shall be final and binding, and shall provide for each party to bear its own costs of arbitration and attorneys’ fees.  Each party expressly waives any right to a jury.  Judgment upon the award of the arbitrator may be entered or enforced in any court of competent jurisdiction. 

14.4        If any provision of this Agreement, or the application thereof to any person or circumstances, is held invalid or for any reason unenforceable then such provision shall be deemed superseded by a valid, enforceable provision that matches, as closely as possible, the original provision, and the other provisions of this Agreement shall remain in full force and effect.  The failure of either party to insist upon strict performance of any provision of this Agreement shall not be construed as a waiver of any provision or right.  Unless expressly provided otherwise, this Agreement is the entire agreement between you and Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. with respect to the use of this Website and shall not be modified except in writing, signed by an authorized representative of Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc.

ARTICLE 15.  European Union and Other Foreign Nations

15.1        This Website is governed by and operated in accordance with the laws of United States of America and is intended for enjoyment of residents of the United States.  Cosgrove Meurer Productions, Inc. makes no representation that this Website is governed by or operated in accordance with the laws of other nations.  By using this Website and submitting any personal information, visitors from outside of the United States acknowledge this Website is subject to U.S. law, consent to the transfer of personal data to the U.S., and waive any claims that may arise under their own national laws.