Ronald Eugene Westwick

Missing Person

Ronald Westwick (Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

Ronald Westwick
(Courtesy Iowa Department of Public Safety)

NAME: Ronald Eugene Westwick
October 26, 1944
240 lbs.
Mental/physical disability
Story County
March 12, 1979

The following information has been provided by the Iowa Department of Public Safety’s Missing Persons Information Clearinghouse (MPIC) and the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs).

Ronald Eugene Westwick, 34, was reported missing to the Ames Police Department in Ames, Iowa, on March 12, 1979.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety classifies his ‘Incident Type’ as “Disability — physical / mental,” meaning a person of any age who is missing and under proven physical/mental disability or is senile, thereby subjecting himself/herself or others to personal and immediate danger.

Story County in Iowa
Story County in Iowa
Ames in Story CountyAmes in Story County

At the time of his disappearance, the 34-year-old Westwick was described as a 6-foot-2 white male with grey hair, brown eyes, and weighing about 240 pounds. 

Westwick had unknown types of tattoos on his upper left arm and upper right arm.

The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System ( has, as of March 2021, excluded four unidentified persons, including:

  • Case # UP6637, body found 10/07/2006 in Fairfax, VA
  • Case # UP6548, body found 10/31/1990 in Amelia, VA
  • Case # UP10908, body found 08/29/2012 in Fairfax, VA
  • Case # UP6481, body found 04/14/1982 in Orange, VA
Information Needed

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ronald Westwick, please contact Det. Matt Duncan at the Ames Police Department at 515-239-5133 or the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Missing Persons Clearinghouse at 1-800-346-5507.


7 Responses to Ronald Westwick

  1. karen jean tanner says:

    This guy looks like a man that stalked me in 1974, he followed me to Mason City, Iowa and forced me to go to OKC and then to Danville, Virginia. The perp used the name, James B. Sizemore of Moore, Oklahoma. Could be they switched identities or something because the Danville PD claims they have no record of the incident although I was at the PD and escorted out of Virginia by an undercover agent. The couple who told me to go to Iowa were a white man with one leg and a black female. They had to have notified the perp because he found out I was there. There are stories of criminals switching identities.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    Juli, I wonder if anyone from the police or his family ever interviewed her. She may or may not known anything about his disappearance. But, its worth the effort, to interview her and give the police and idea of her relationship with him. Its a long shot, but worth the effort.

  3. Juli says:

    There’s a Janis. L Fish in Mount Vernon, MO who’s somewhere in her 70’s- likely the same person. She’s likely the only person who’s still alive who might be able to give more info.

  4. anon says:

    I found a newspaper article from 1967 showing he and Janis Louise Fish, age 18 of Story City, had applied for a marriage license.

    I found other newspaper articles. In 1955 he was in a piano recital. He was admitted to hospital in Story City in 1962. He won half a beef in a raffle in 1968. He had drunk driving convictions in 1966 and 1968, and driving after revocation in 1964 and again in 1968. He had a public intox in 1970, and then nothing in the papers after that.

    I can’t find anything about who his parents are.

    • Patrick Kerrigan says:

      Anon, thanks for the information from the newspapers. It shows he had a drinking problem, which could have led to medical problems down the road. I will have to run him through Ancestry and see if they have anything more on family.

      Also, Anon, you do some great detailed research, from some of your comments on ther cases. You would make a great investigator digging for the facts, and other material.

      • Patrick Kerrigan says:

        Anon, I checked Mr. Westwick on-line and found that according to the The Charley Project Blog, he had epilepsy, and lived with his parents.

        Ancestry, does not show much, however, it has two Find A Grave entries for him.. One shows a picture of the stone in Rose Grove Cemetery, in Williams, Iowa, with a date of birth of October 26, 1945. Also they have the date he was last seen on it. The second entry does not have a picture, but mentions the 1944 year of birth. There is no body.

        Also, there is an entry from the Iowa Consecutive Register of Convicts 1867-1970. It shows he was sentenced to Anamosa Men’s Reformatory, for one year on June 3, 1965. He arrived there on June 9, 1966. He was released on February 19, 1967. The prison record shows his date of birth as October 26, 1944.

        I did not find any marriage record entry for him. However, there is ton of stuff on Ancestry. There is a lot of stuff not on there. Since, he was born in 1944, there would be no census record. There was no address record entries for him. Which seemed odd.

        I tried to search Janis L. Fish, but did not have her age, or year of birth.

        So, we are back to square one. It would be interesting if we had more details, on where he was last seen.

  5. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    There is not a lot of information on his disappearance. I wonder if he had any family, and if they are still looking for him. It bothers me that no one has taken the time to colllect more details on his background.

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