Maurice Kneifl (Courtesy Sioux City Police Department)

Maurice Kneifl (Courtesy Sioux City Police Department)

Maurice P. Kneifl

Missing Person

Maurice P. Kneifl
Age at Report: 58
DOB: August 28, 1924
Height: 5′ 7″
Weight: 200 lbs.
Eye Color: Green
Sioux City, IA
Woodbury County
NCIC Number: M-115379226
Missing Since: February 14, 1983

Case summary compiled by Jody Ewing

On February 16, 1983, 58-year-old Maurice Kneifl was reported missing to the Sioux City Police Department by Kneifl’s girlfriend, Joyce Fish — whom he’d been dating for many years — and her daughter, Lori.

1981-dark-brown-fleetwood-cadillac-maurice-kneiflCourtesy Pinterest
Maurice Kneifl was last seen driving a 1981 dark brown Fleetwood Cadillac similar to the one shown above. The vehicle also remains missing.

Maurice reportedly was last seen on February 14, 1983, driving his 1981 dark brown Fleetwood Cadillac, Iowa license plate, HIZ379.

Kneifl had left his girlfriend’s residence around 9:30 p.m. When he failed to show up in the morning to give her a ride to work, Joyce became concerned and began making calls.

Kneifl owned and operated Fethke Cleaners located at 1209 West 26th Street in Sioux City. He failed to show up for work on February 15 and all days thereafter.

Kneifl — a respected local businessman — had served as mayor of Hartington, Nebraska, for many years. He was the city’s only mayor not running for office to win an election via write-in votes.

Map of Woodbury County in Iowa
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He and his wife owned a dry cleaning business for over 30 years before her death on Feb. 18, 1978.

Foul Play Suspected

At the time of Kneifl’s disappearance, he’d been trying to convince one of his two daughters, Kandy, to leave her husband, Delbert Beauchene, who was facing his fourth incarceration. Beauchene, the owner of Interstate Speedway (now Raceway Park) had served three separate stints in prison — both with the state and the federal penitentiary — and was in trouble once again. Kneifl had evidence regarding his son-in-law’s illegal activities and was prepared to testify with what he thought was sufficient evidence to put Beauchene away for good.

Kneifl turned up missing before he had the opportunity to testify.

Kandy passed away on August 20, 2004, and Beauchene, who suffered from kidney problems, died March 4, 2008.

Neither Kneifl’s body nor his car has ever been found.

Information Needed

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact the Sioux City Police Department at 712-279-6390.

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22 Responses to Maurice Kneifl

  1. Tina Carroll says:

    Del passed away a few years back.. shame this man went missing

  2. Diana Wilson says:

    I don’t remember this cleaners.

  3. Libby Bridges this is your grand papa right.

  4. This is very heart breaking.

  5. Yes Fawna Mark Pickering it is n we have yet to find his body

  6. I never got to meet my grandpa …wish I did i v heard so much bout him n how he was a awesome man

  7. I hope you get answers honey

  8. Some one knows something I just wish they would open they mouth n tell someone

  9. Gurl we been trying for 33 yrs n nothing …noone will talk …Delbert isn’t the only one that knew something

  10. It’s a shame they are still holding it in

  11. Jack Toomey says:

    Was his car ever located?

  12. Mandie El says:

    Libby Bridges you n I can look in to it when u come home.

  13. Jack Toomey no it wasn’t n yes Mandie El

  14. Mandie El says:

    I’ve been asking ppl honey and I will help you okay as much as we can

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