Duwane Roy Dreher
Dreher in the mid-1940s (approximately ten years prior to his disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable)
Date reported missing : 11/07/1955
Missing location (approx) :
Mason City, Iowa
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 33 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11 - 6'0, 150 - 200 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A short blue zip-up jacket, blue pants and brown oxford shoes.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Graying black hair, blue eyes. Dreher may spell his name "Dwane" or "Dwayne". His face is slightly pockmarked.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Dreher was last seen in Mason City, Iowa at 7:30 p.m. on November 7, 1955. He may have been seen at 12:00 p.m. the next day, walking north on south Federal. He reportedly said he was going to Chicago, Illinois.
On November 10, his maroon 1950 Hudson was found parked downtown by Willow Creek, with all his belongings inside. The vehicle had a parking ticket on it, dated November 8. Authorities dragged Willow Creek, but found no sign of Dreher.
He served on several ships in the Navy during World War II, including in the Soviet Union, before returning home to Mason City, where he married local woman in 1945 and had a son. Divorcing in 1947, he remarried and had two more children before he went missing.
Since Dreher's disappearance, his Social Security number has been inactive; he never claimed unemployment benefits or veteran's benefits after 1955. His oldest son spent his whole life trying to find his father before his death in 2014. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Mason City Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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