Dale Strassburger (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)
Dale Webster Strassburger
Missing Person — Homicide Suspected
Age at Report: 37
DOB: October 10, 1944
Missing From: Le Claire, IA
Weight: 180 lbs.
Height: 5′ 09″
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Hazel
Incident Type: Disability – physical/mental and Endangered Missing
Case Number: 82-2893
NCIC Number: M-009388951
NamUs MP # 14573
Date Reported Missing: August 6, 1982
Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing
Dale Webster Strassburger, 37, was reported missing to the Le Claire Police Department in Le Claire, Iowa, on August 6, 1982.
Scott County in Iowa
Le Claire in Scott County
Strassburger was employed as a machinist at the Rock Island Arsenal in Rock Island, Ill., and lived in Davenport, Iowa with his parents. He allegedly was last seen on his way home from work at 12:15 a.m. on August 6, 1982. He never arrived home and has never been heard from again.
The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) states that Strassburger was last seen on June 28, 1982.
His 1976 Oldsmobile was found abandoned in the eastbound lane on the Le Claire bridge over the Mississippi River on Interstate 80, about 15 miles from his home. Extensive searches of the river and the surrounding area turned up no sign of Strassburger.
Three years after Strassburger went missing, 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 said the witness knew information about Strassburger’s disappearance that had never been publicly released. They were never able, however, to verify the witness’s account.
Investigators believe Strassburger was the victim of a homicide, but have never been able to prove it because Strassburger’s body has never been recovered.
If you have any information concerning Dale Strassburger’s unsolved disappearance, please contact the Le Claire Police Department at 563-289-6034.