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4921DMPA - Dale Kerstetter

Dale Kerstetter Dale Kerstetter

Name: Dale Kerstetter
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: September 13, 1987
Location Last Seen: Bradford, McKean County, Pennsylvania

Physical Description

Date of Birth: March 7, 1937
Age: 50 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5'4"
Weight: 130 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown, graying with a receding hairline.
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown


Dentals: Not available
Fingerprints: Not available
DNA: Unknown

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Disappearance

On September 12, 1987, Dale Kerstetter, who had been employed as a security guard by Corning Glass Works, Inc for 27 years, was assigned to work the 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift. He was supposed to check in every hour, but did not do so.

Between midnight and 1:00 a.m., while Kerstetter was the only guard on duty, video cameras in operation at the plant recorded an unidentified, masked man entering the plant who was approached by Kerstetter. The two men met in a corridor, where they spoke for a short time. Another camera later recorded an unidentified man entering the platinum area. The next day, Kerstetter was reported missing.

Several days later, it was discovered that platinum having a value of $250,000 also was missing. The amount of platinum removed from the plant was such that it could have been carried easily by one person. The investigation showed no sign of forced entry, and there was no evidence that a struggle had occurred. Kerstetter's gun was found to be missing from its holster, which was in Kerstetter's truck in the parking lot. However, there was no evidence that any gun had been fired.

The disappearances of the platinum and Kerstetter are the subjects of continuing investigations by the Bradford Township Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Kerstetter has not been seen nor heard from since September 13, 1987. In 1990, Dale's daughter, Wendy Kerstetter, petitioned the courts to have her father declared legally dead. The petition was dismissed because the petitioner "had failed to prove by a fair preponderance of the evidence that her father had met with a specific, life-threatening peril and, because less than seven (7) years had elapsed following his disappearance."

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Bradford Township Police Department
Agency Contact Person: Chief Robert Shipman
Agency Phone Number: (814) 368-3564
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: BT871209

NCIC Case Number: Unknown
NamUs Case Number: 29246

Information Source(s)

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (December 16, 1990)

Admin Notes

Added: 2/22/16; Last Updated: 2/22/16

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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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