David Robert Hursell
Missing since January 12, 1987 from El Dorado County, California
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Hursell was last seen in El Dorado County, California on January 12, 1987.
A convicted murderer on death row in Arizona, has been the prime suspect in Hursell's disappearance for many years. The suspect confessed to Hursell's murder in 1999 while imprisoned. He claimed that he forced Hursell from his truck at gunpoint and placed Hursell in handcuffs. The suspect stated that he tied Hursell's shoelaces together and forced him to walk away from him on a dirt road in Georgetown, California. The suspect said that he killed Hursell with a gunshot shortly thereafter.
The suspect was apprehended by authorities in Arizona shortly after Hursell's January 1987 disappearance. He was driving Hursell's truck at the time of his arrest. The suspect was convicted of an Arizona murder and sentenced to death. He offered to divulge details regarding Hursell's case to his presumed victim's mother in the 1980s. The suspect demanded that Hursell's mother donate $6000 to his legal defense fund or supply him with various appliances. She refused.
The suspect confessed to Hursell's murder while imprisoned in 1999, twelve years after Hursell disappeared. The suspect drew a map of the location where he claimed to have disposed of Hursell's remains in 1987. Authorities located the area, but an extensive search in 2001 produced no clues as to Hursell's whereabouts.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
El Dorado County Sheriff's Department
Agency Case Number: P873512
NCIC Number: M-595592007
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
California Department of Justice
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