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Michael Delaney, 49, was reported missing to the Davenport Police Department on July 3, 2008. Police considered Delaney’s disappearance as “very suspicious” because he lived with his 17-year-old daughter and maintained contact with her many times a day.
Neither Delaney nor his white extended-cab Chevrolet Silverado 4-wheel drive pick-up truck — a model between 2000 and 2004 with “Z-71” on the side of the box — have been seen since the day he went missing.
Delaney was described as a 49-year-old 5-foot-10 white male with brown hair, blue eyes, and weighing about 190 pounds.
He had just recently purchased the vehicle, but hadn’t yet got it registered or licensed. The vehicle had license plates that didn’t belong on the truck, as Delaney was ineligible to legally register a vehicle in his name because of his driving history.
Officials made a public plea to private citizens and dealers who may have sold such a truck to Delaney, and asked them to contact the Davenport Police Department. Police said they still needed to obtain information on the vehicle including the VIN number.
“We’re not getting a lot of facts that match up,” Capt. David Struckman said after Delaney went missing. “It’s an extensive and intensive investigation right now.”
On July 23, 2008, the Quad-City Times reported that Davenport police were seeking a “person of interest” in Delaney’s case. Mark Edward Handlon, 53, was wanted on warrants by both the Bettendorf, Iowa, and Moline, Ill., police departments.
Officials suspected Handlon of taking a white 2000 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck from a Bettendorf car dealership in June 2008 and not returning it. He also allegedly stole money from a Moline restaurant.
Henry County, Ill. officials took Handlon into custody September 4, 2008, and charged him with Burglary. Handlon received a 12-year sentence to be served at the Illinois Department of Correction’s Shawnee Correctional Center, but on September 4, 2014, was discharged and placed on parole.
He later failed to report to his parole officer and his current offender status is listed as “absconder.”
Prior to his 2008 incarceration, Handlon served close to a dozen other stints in prison for burglary charges beginning in October 1978. In addition to burglary, other offenses since 1978 include “Felon Fail/Return from Furlough,” “Escape of Felon from a Penal Institution,” “Forgery and Making/Altering of a Document,” “Issuing and Delivering a Forged Document,” and thefts ranging from $300 to $10,000.
Born December 11, 1954, Handlon is described as a 5-foot-9 white male with brown hair and brown eyes.
If you have any information about Michael Delaney’s whereabouts or knowledge of what became of his vehicle, please contact Davenport Police Department Lt. Gilbert Proehl at (563) 326-7778, Det. Shannon Hughes at (563) 326-6147, or Crime Stoppers at (309) 762-9500.