Fredrick Workman (Courtesy National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

Fredrick Workman (Courtesy National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

Fredrick James Workman

Missing Person


NAME: Fredrick James Workman
AKA: Fred Shields
DOB: May 4, 1998
SEX: Male
RACE: White
HAIR: Blond
HEIGHT: 5’3″ – 5’7″
WEIGHT: 126 – 145 lbs.
CASE NUMBER: 13-0168
NAMUS MP NO: 25671
DATE LAST SEEN: August 2, 2013
DENTAL: Dental Information / Charting is available and entered through NamUs
DNA: Sample submitted, Tests complete


Polk County in Iowa
Polk County in Iowa
Des Moines in Polk CountyDes Moines in Polk County

Fredrick “Fred” James Workman, 15, of Fairfield, Iowa, was living at a youth facility in Des Moines when he went missing August 2, 2013. The facility reported his disappearance to the Des Moines Police Department that same day.

Workman’s probation officer told the teen he needed to complete his program before he’d be able to go home, and it may possibly have triggered the youth to take off.

Neither his family nor friends have seen or heard from him since.


Fredrick Workman (Courtesy National Center for Missing & Exploited Children)

He is described as a 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-7 white male weighing about 145 pounds. He has short strawberry/blond hair, blue eyes, and a small scar under his chin.

He was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt with gold writing, skinny jeans, and black and blue Nike high top sneakers.

He may be using the alias last name Shields.

Workman suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) and requires medication.

It is possible he may have gone to the Newton, Iowa area.

Information Needed

Fredrick J. Workman (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

If you have any information about Fredrick Workman’s whereabouts or believe you have spotted him somewhere, please do not take any action yourself.

Get as much information as possible (e.g. license plate number of a vehicle, exact location of sighting, activities individual involved in) and then call Det. Brian Mathis of the Des Moines Police Department’s Investigations Division at (515) 283-4811.


28 Responses to Fredrick Workman

  1. Destiny Hull says:

    Somebody knows what you need to know what happened to freddy or where he is at and nobody has the guts to say what they know where he is or if anything happen to him

  2. His mom has been thought ugh pain So if you know where He is or what happen to him please have the decency To let this family know what

  3. Aaron Conder says:

    I would love to find him before he turns 18. Freddy is my cousin. If anyone has any information please get sold of me on facebook or give me a call. I don’t care how far away he is I’d gladly go get him. He turns 18 in exactly a week from today. Aaron Conder. Pm me on facebook for my phone number. Please don’t mess with me on this I’d love to tell his family if he is found.

  4. Angela Shields says:

    This is my little brother in a week from today it will be 3 years that he has been missing. We deserve answer and we need everyone’s help to bring him home. Please if anyone knows where he is call me at 6412261295. He is now 18 and has two nephews and a little sister and a niece that will be born in August that he hadn’t met please if u have any information call me.

    • Anna says:

      This is his mom Anna Shields..please anyone has any information please contact me on fb or call 641 980 8529…we sure do miss him a lot so please if anything knows anything contact me any time day or night….this is hurtiny whole family…we need answers…it will be 3 years this Tuesday…thanks

  5. Angela Shields says:

    Today has been exactly 3 years since my brother freddy has disappeared. No clues, no nothing just a bunch of false hope. Please if anyone can help us please do so. It would make this family be at ease if we have any clues they are better then nothing at all. The way I look at it no one at all is doing there job to help us. I have a lot to say but don’t know the right way to say it so please help us bring freddy home. Lots of love and we all miss u little brother even tho ur probly not so little anymore. Please bring some kind of hope to our family.

  6. Your page says he was last seen over 50 years ago. Might want to correct that

  7. So sad thinking of his family and friends

  8. Notelling says:

    As a child of the system and a mother of a son with odd and As he my heart is just crying for you right now. All of you.

    In my experience my son will absolutely refuse to talk to me simply because I want to talk to him. That’s odd.

    I feel like he is afraid of the “program” and maybe if someone was able to comment the details of it he might realize that he has for sure aged out. As an adult child of the system. Most of his information likely comes from whomever he is with and he trusts that person no matter how erroneous thier understanding is. So if someone who actually knows could post just that. Nothing else… that he has or hasn’t aged out of those consequences and will not be placed again, as an adult…. He will be more likely to make contact.

    I’m so sorry. The system is not designed for success. It’s designed to process. I don’t blame him for leaving or hiding… it’s all on the state… all of it. They don’t know what they are doing or have a system that works in the slightest. They inject themselves when they shouldn’t. And refuse to help when asked.

  9. Sherry Cobb says:

    Praying for Fredricks safe return.

  10. Kathleen Kerstner says:

    I am really confused. He was in custody of the State?, and they haven’t taken any steps to locate him…….They were responsible for taking care of him. He was 15 at the time, he would be an adult now, how would he survive? Where would he have gone with no money? This situation has lot’s of red flags……The family needs a PI, an investigative reporter, I am not local, how much tv coverage has this had?

    • Caitlin says:

      I’d like to know as well. And as Notelling said, maybe someone should make a public announcement, perhaps even on television, to let him know you’re still looking and he has aged out of the program.

      • Krista says:

        Someone knows something, and what have the cops and detectives done lately? On the ID channel they always say you have to keep on being the squeaky wheel or nothing will be done. Something about the story does not add up…..

        • Kathleen says:

          I’m not buying it, too many red flags for me, (from what I am reading), What about the boy he supposedly ran away with? Has anyone ever heard from him? Kids this age do not just vanish, unless foul play is involved imo, Someone needs to start digging into that facility, and the people who were there at the time this happened.

  11. Alexander Butterfield says:

    This kid has been seen in Davenport iowa by KFC and new China restraunt he was spotted there twice by a friend. We looked at his pictures above and confirmed that is him. Has been walking I don’t k is if he ran away or was taken but he claims he 19

    My name is Alex of you need more information I can be contacted at

  12. Coming up in less then 2 months it will be five years that my little brother Freddy has been away from our family… Freddy this is ur big sister Angela Marie Dowd I have recently changed my last name I wanted to update u just in case u want to reach out or if anyone has any information my new phone number is 6414525917 so if anyone has any information please let me know and Freddy if u do ever see this we miss and love u so much…

    • Sorry my number was entered wrong it’s 6414515917…

      • Charlie says:

        Dear family and friends of Freddy. You have my hope and faith that soon you can all be reunited. My name is Charlie and I know I’m a complete stranger but I felt the need to comment. I suffer from short term memory loss and PDSD from a coma I put myself in a couple years ago. Since then I found faith and strangely have random shocking events (that shock me) at least, so before I forget this event I wanted to share my my view. Been up all night due to insomnia and a random movie came on Hulu that I ended up watching that ended maybe 30 minutes ago and it intrigued me to look up missing people around my area. The movie is called Kidnap. It’s an extremely moving film that I encourage anyone to watch. After watching it and curiously looking up missing people around me, I scrolled over around maybe 30 missing people and decided to click on Freddy first. Once I began to read I noticed the date he went missing which strangely happened to be today. I got that random strange coincidence feeling I encounter from time to time and went wide eyed again. This could be a small coincidence to others but through my experiences since I woke up from my coma I find these random coincidences a bit more strong then others can see. I ask for you all not to ever give up hope on seeing your loved one Freddy again. Life is hell without hope. Before my mind separates and I forget this I wanted to give you my hope on a safe return of Freddy, and to say I’m here thinking of Freddy and praying for the best. If you’d like you should watch the movie. The strength and faith throughout the movie is something everyone needs. Stay positive. Sincerely,
        Charles L, Pond.
        Council Bluffs IA.

  13. Sherrie M brown says:

    How about a physic I can read it

  14. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    He may have been hospitalized somewhere, but because of HIPPA, this information is restricted. The family should contact the Salvation Army. They have a Missing Person’s Bureau. They can be contacted online or by calling an 800 number. They have some sort of form, to fill out and submit. The person has to be missing for at least 6 months. Freddy, meets this requirement.

    Also, if he has gotten medical treatment, he might have a Medicare or other medical coverage. It might be something for law enforcement to check with Social Security, who knows he might be getting SSI for his condition.

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