Since the speculation is that Williams is in a mineshaft somewhere, let’s look at that information.
According to, The Diggings there are 36,782 nearby mines. We know that Williams was meeting the stranded motorist a few miles from the Bedrock Store which is along Hwy 90. If you zoom into the location on Google Maps, you’ll see that there is a connecting dirt road from Hwy 90 to Hwy 241, which just so happens to follow the Dolores River right up to the confluence where the San Miguel and Dolores River meet and also where the truck was found. This dirt road is labeled as Y11 Road.
We don’t know if the caller was East or West of the Bedrock store. If West there are a number of different mines than if West, and if you throw the mines to the North in, that is another significant number of mines towards the confluence. That said, if you are in Google Maps and hold down control then click the mouse and drag, the map will change to 3D and you will be able to see what kind of terrain is around Paradox Valley. Cliffs. Cliffs of mountainous heights. Here are some screenshots in case you’re not wanting to visit the maps, but I suggest you do for the full effect.
Now, here is an interactive link to the mines in this area.
Now, why do I mention all this? Because when leads come thru saying someone said they threw Dale down a mineshaft… it’s literally looking for a needle. That needle might very well be there. But until the moronic rumors stop and this threat to get someone to stop or start doing whatever someone else wants isn’t a normalcy claim in Nucla, seriously… These girls have been looking for their dad for nearly 19 years.
Isn’t it time to start talking, Nucla? (did you see that new cover photo they put up on the Facebook page? Pretty catchy!)
We know that Dale had a lot of friends in the Nucla-Naturita-Norwood areas. At some point, you probably have a story about him. Please submit your stories about Dale so that we can share them with the world about what a great human he was.
Dale and his family deserves better than the last 21 years. They deserve answers. But in the meantime, let’s hear your stories.
Forty-two-year-old Dale Williams was a devoted husband and father of two teenage daughters. He owned and operated an auto body shop in the town of Nucla. On May 27, 1999, a stranded motorist called for help. Williams’s friend, who was at the shop, thought that the caller was female from the way Williams was talking. Williams seemed to be in a normal mood when he left, but the weird thing was that Williams wasn’t a mechanic, so he didn’t usually go out on many calls. The friend overheard Williams say that he’d bring the wrecker, but then said, that he’d just bring the pick-up. That was the last confirmed sighting of him. Five weeks later, the truck was found where the San Miguel River and the Dolores River meet. The truck was in gear, and the ignition was on. Also, the window was half-open, which his wife thought was strange, because he always drove with the window all the way down.
One suspect was a former friend of Dale’s. Williams and his wife had helped the former friend’s wife move, and they refused to tell him where they had moved her. Evidence that pointed to this former friend included torn-up pictures of Williams and the former friend’s family. They also found .22 caliber bullets around the shop. Williams’s wife ran a video store, and someone had dropped off a .22 caliber gun in the video return box after Williams had gone missing. Both the pictures and the gun had come from Williams’s shop. The police interviewed the former friend, but he denied any involvement. The same former friend was caught on camera removing the missing posters in the US Post Office. Williams has never been found, and no one has ever been arrested in connection with the crime. The identity of the caller also remains a mystery and the cell phone used was reported to be stolen.
Further information about this case can be seen on Unsolved Mysteries and the CBI
*Note: I scrubbed the web and Facebook for as much information about Dale’s case as I could, to include words and pictures. This site could be considered a collaboration of all what I and many others have been able to find. Dale’s case isn’t well known outside of Montrose County. Let’s change that. Let’s get this case on podcasts, let’s get the family some closure. It’s been a long time and the girls have pretty much been robbed of a normal life that most people get to experience with their fathers. Push this site, push this information, and contact the CBI immediately if you come across ANY information, no matter how insignificant you may think it is – CALL