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.
*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 THEM.