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The Moville Police Department is asking the public for help in locating 84-year-old Dale Robinson, who was reported missing on Saturday, August 3, 2013.
Robinson suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease, and is described as 5-foot-6 and weighing between 90 and 116 pounds.
He was last seen Aug. 3 while getting gas in Moville. He left the service station driving his maroon and gray 2000 Ford F-150 single cab pickup — Iowa license plate number 870ZCF, expiry date May 2014 — heading westbound on U.S. Highway 20 toward Sioux City, and may have been en route to Santa Ana or Paramount, California, or St. Joseph, Missouri.
At the time of his disappearance, Mr. Robinson wore a maroon plaid shirt with long sleeves and dark-colored blue jeans. He may have carried black glasses in a case.
There have been possible sightings of Robinson in Council Bluffs and Missouri Valley, Iowa.
Robinson’s son, Robert Robinson of Moville, Iowa, has spent almost every weekend driving around with a plat book in search of his father.
“I do a page out of the book, and I cover every single road on that page,” Robert Robinson told the Sioux City Journal in an article dated Nov. 3, 2013.
According to the Journal, the last verified sighting was Aug. 3 surveillance footage showing Robinson at the Argosy Casino on Sioux City’s riverfront. Though not a gambler, Dale Robinson often would pick up his wife, Betty, from the riverboat.
The Journal said family members struggle not knowing what happened to the kind, quiet, generous man who liked to keep busy. A welder, Robinson would scour roadside ditches for abandoned hay rakes to fashion into peacock yard ornaments. He made dozens, sold some to admirers and placed others unannounced in the yards of family and friends.
Robert’s wife, Patti, told the Journal:
“You’d look out your window and there’d be some peacocks there. Dale would have come over, dug the hole, put the peacocks in and walked away. He was kind of that kind of guy.”
The family said not knowing what happened is a helpless feeling.
“I have troubles with the emotions thinking that he’s out there somewhere by himself and that he’s passed, alone and scared, (with) no family around him, no nothing,” Robert Robinson told the Journal. “That’s the hardest part for me. Yes, it’s difficult to lose somebody but the majority of time they have family around them when they do pass.”
If you have any information about what may have happened to Dale Robinson, please contact Det. Norm Peterson at the Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 279-6010, or call the Moville Police Department at (712) 870-3385.
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