Name: William David Dudley
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: October 31, 1993
Location Last Seen: Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia
Date of Birth: April 12, 1958
Age: 35 years old
Weight: 200 lbs.
Hair Color: Blond/Strawberry
Eye Color: Blue
Nickname/Alias: Bill, Dudley
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Tattoo of a cougar on right upper arm, Wears glasses
Dentals: Not Available
Additional Personal Items: Eyeglasses
William Dudley resided in a trailer on Martinsburg Pike in Winchester, Virginia in 1993. The property was owned by his girlfriend Cindy Benner's grandmother, who resided in the main house with Cindy and Dudley's daughter. Cindy said that he called her at approximately 21:30 on October 31, 1993. Dudley had been drinking alcohol and was easily angered when intoxicated. She asked him not to walk down to the house, but he ignored her request and arrived at her door shortly afterward. Dudley reassured Cindy that he was calm before she opened the door for him. He became angry after she allowed him inside the home and he hit her in the face, fracturing her nose. Cindy's grandmother woke up after the incident, as did their daughter.
Roger Benner Jr., one of Cindy's relatives, and his friend Glen Kerns resided in a mobile home on the property and overheard the disturbance. They arrived at the house several minutes later to break up the altercation. The men had been drinking with Dudley earlier in the day. Roger and Kerns fought with Dudley outside of the house and Kerns hit Dudley with a baseball bat. The two men left the area shortly afterward. Dudley calmed down after the incident and apologized to Cindy and stumbled back to his trailer. He has never been heard from again.
Dudley left the area for short periods of time in the past. He always contacted his mother shortly afterward. Cindy checked his trailer several days after Halloween and noticed that his wallet, keys and additional belongings were placed on his table. She became concerned and called Dudley's mother, who believed that he would return home after he calmed down from the previous argument. Dudley's mother became concerned for her son's welfare after he failed to contact her for two weeks. She reported him as a missing person on December 5.
Agency Name: Frederick County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Investigator KC Bohrer
Agency Phone Number: 540-504-6509
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 180333
NCIC Case Number: M-778013277
NamUs Case Number: 1198
The Winchester Herald
Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 1/6/18
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.