Keith William Tindale
Missing since June 1, 1983 from Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier Parish, Louisiana
Circumstances of Disappearance
Keith Tindale was last seen on June 1, 1983 at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. He went camping with two friends on the East Reservation.
He is listed as a missing person, and is also wanted for desertion. Air Force officials consider Tindale's case one of a deserter who, afraid of a pending court-martial, gave away his belongings, took money out of his bank account and left. Records show Tindale had withdrawn $900 from the bank on May 31, 1983, purchased a motorcycle from a fellow airman and sold or gave away his personal effects that same day.
They say their files do not indicate foul play in Tindale's disappearance, and, therefore, the military never conducted a criminal investigation and never searched the East Reservation.
Tindale, a straight-A high school student described by his mother as a "book nut," joined the Air Force in 1980 after graduating from high school in Florida. After brief stints at bases in San Antonio and Wichita Falls, Texas, he went to Barksdale to work as a metal fabrications specialist. While in Louisiana, Tindale called his mother every other Sunday like clockwork and wrote a letter to his sister every week.
In May 1982, Tindale drove home to Florida on a Kawasaki 1000 motorcycle. Air Force personnel in Florida confiscated the cycle, and Tindale was threatened with a court-martial for stealing the bike. A year later, when he disappeared, the court-martial was still on hold.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
LSU FACES Lab
Agency Case Number: 349
NCIC Number: M571140125
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
LSU FACES Lab
NamUs MP #4217
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