North American Missing Persons Network
Arthur P. Deering

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 20, 1998 from Beacon, Dutchess County, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 29, 1952
  • Age: 46
  • Height: 5'11" 6'0"
  • Weight: 190 - 210 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Gray/White
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Deering has a large scar
    on his left leg. He has a tattoo of a heart on his upper right arm.
    Deering may have a full beard. He was missing two of his upper front
    teeth in 1998. Deering walks with a limp.
  • Medical Conditions: Deering suffers from post-traumatic
    stress disorder due to his experiences in the Vietnam War. He suffers
    nightmares and delusions as a result. He is required to take medication
    for his condition; if he does not, he may exhibit paranoid tendencies.
    Deering is also diabetic. He is classified as disabled. He may be
  • Clothing: Deering often wears t-shirts displaying POW
    (Prisoner Of War), MIA (Missing In Action) or Harley Davidson logos /
    emblems. He was last seen wearing a black POW shirt and blue jeans.
  • AKA: His nicknames are "Art" and/or "Artie."
  • Case Number: 98-1086
  • NCIC Number: M-133927845

  • Details of Disappearance
    Deering was last seen at approximately 8:00 PM on June 20, 1998 when an friend dropped him off at the Metro North train station in Beacon, New York. He was ill and was supposed to be en route to Montrose Veterans' Administration (VA) Hospital at the time. Deering was receiving continuing treatment at the hospital during the summer of 1998. He had been discharged from his in-patient status on June 12, eight days prior to his disappearance, after a six-week in-patient stay. Deering is a veteran of the Vietnam War; he served in the Marines.

    Deering was carrying a large-sized black plastic bag with most of his personal belongings inside of it at the station. Deering never arrived at the hospital and has not been heard from again. His sister reported him missing on June 25, five days after his disappearance.

    Deering's vehicle was discovered abandoned on Spring Valley Street in Beacon several days after he vanished. His sister had planned on assisting him with locating an apartment in Kingston, New York during the week of his disappearance. Deering had previously lived in Kingston from 1996 until the summer of 1998. He also lived in Memphis, Tennessee and North Carolina in the past.

    Deering may have traveled to Tennessee, eastern North Carolina or Florida.

    He is interested in music and motorcycles. He was previously employed as a carpenter. His family believes he may be living on the streets.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Beacon City Police Department

    Source Information
    New York State Police
    The Times Herald-Record