The Doe Network:
Case File 237DMIA


Paul Joseph Knockel
Missing since November 26, 1990 from Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Knockel was last seen in his hometown of Dubuque, Iowa on November 26, 1990. He did not show up for Thanksgiving dinner with his family. That wasn't like him. Knockel, who never married and never had children, lived for spending time with family.

Concerned, family members went to Knockel's house. They found his wallet and watch, even his shoes. But Knockel and his car were gone. The next day, the family spotted what they thought was his car, a 1981 red Mercury Zephyr, parked along Route 151 just over the Wisconsin border. A few hours later the car was gone. It, and Knockel, haven't been seen since. After the disappearance, police scoured the wooded area where family members saw the car. No clues turned up.

Knockel was a simple man. He went to work every day and didn't go out much. He generally found work doing menial tasks. He needed the help of his family to manage his finances and other affairs. He is described as a loner: polite and friendly when spoken to but otherwise very quiet. Didn't have any drug or alcohol problems.

At the time of his disappearance he was operating a maroon 1981 Mercury Zephyr 2 door. Iowa plates NBL923.

There is nothing to point to foul play , however the disappearance was out of character for Mr. Knockel.

If you have any information concerning Knockel's case, please contact:
Dubuque Police Department

All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis.

NCIC Number: M-460734448
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information: Iowa Missing Persons' Clearinghouse
Dubuque Police Department

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