John Victor Dial

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Left: Dial, circa 1966;
Center and Right: Age-progressions to age 62 (circa 2005)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 1966 from Childress, Texas
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 28, 1943
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7 - 5'10, 140 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Sandy blond hair, blue eyes. Dial has freckles on his nose.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Dial was stationed at Howard Air Force Base in the Panama Canal Zone with the United States Air Force in 1966. He went home to Childress, Texas for a visit in May 1966. He was last seen at a family member's residence in the vicinity of the 400 block of Avenue A northeast in Childress.

    Dial returned to Panama in June 1966. He kept in telephone contact with his family until July of that year, when he told his family he had married a Panamanian woman named Elsa Caballero. The phone calls stopped after that until 1985, when Dial apparently telephoned a family member once. He may have returned to the Childress area for a visit sometime during 1990.

    Authorities believe Dial is living somewhere in the United States and working as a mechanic; an investigation turned up no signs of him in Panama. He may have returned to Texas. There have been no earnings on his Social Security number since 1968. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Childress Police Department
    940-937-2546

    OR
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    800-346-3243

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    The Doe Network
    Texas Department of Public Safety

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 12, 2007; details of disappearance updated.

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