Michael James Delaney

Michael James Delaney (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Michael James Delaney

Missing Person

Michael James Delaney
Age at Report: 49
DOB: August 18, 1958
Race: Caucasian
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 190 lbs
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Incident Type: Involuntary disappearance
Missing From: Davenport, IA
Scott County
Investigating Agency: Davenport Police Department
Case Number: 08-13161
NamUs MP # 17029
Missing Since: July 3, 2008

Case summary by Jody Ewing

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.

Silverado Z-71 Pick-upCourtesy photo Quad-City Times
Police were looking for Delaney’s white extended-cab Silverado Z-71 pickup.

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.

Mark Handlon

Mark Edward Handlon quickly became a “person of interest” in Delaney’s disappearance. (Courtesy Quad-City Times)

“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.

mark-e-handlon-ill-dept-correctionsCourtesy Illinois Department of Corrections
Mark Handlon’s current offender status with the Illinois Department of Corrections is listed as “Absconder.”

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.

Information Needed

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.


7 Responses to Michael Delaney

  1. Vickie Carris says:

    Hello! I left another message in the wrong area. I am correcting that by reposting the message here. I do not know anyone in the following case but I spend time scouring over cold cases. In the case of Michael James Delaney: Mark Edward Handlon, your person of interest is in the Illinois Department of Corrections, Shawnee Correctional Center. He has been there since Sept 4, 2008.

    I assume tht you know this, but just in case you don’t, I wanted to let you know. Thanks Vickie

  2. How sad for his family. I have to wonder though if maybe he had an accident and has not been found. It seems to happen more often than I ever thought. He could be in a body of water, over a cliff or somewhere that cannot be seen from the road.

  3. I’m from davenport n never heard of this!!!!

  4. I pray someone comes forward. I pray for the family.

  5. With the truck not ever being seen again, it raises the possibility that both are at the bottom of a body of water. Hope not, but it is a possibility.

    • Dolores, that reminds me — I’ve been wanting for some time to put together a list of all the Iowans who went missing “along with his or her vehicle” where neither the person nor the vehicle has ever been found. Who knew it could be that easy to make a vehicle disappear? Either a backhoe in a field or a body of water — seems like the only logical explanation.

  6. Lu Eggers says:

    Prayers To The Family…Hope they can get to the bottom of this to what happened to him..Hopefully someone will come forward with information.

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