North American Missing Persons Network
Derek Joseph Lueking

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Above Image: Lueking, circa 2012

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 17, 2012 from Cherokee, Swain County, North Carolina
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date Of Birth: n/a
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 5'10"-6'0"; (70"-72")
  • Weight: 215 lbs. -225 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Hair is medium brown color,
    receding hairline, about 1/2 inches long. Almost no hair on torso,
    darker hair on arms and legs. Short beard about 1/2 inches long.
    Stretch marks around lower back area. He has a tattoo on left upper
    side of his chest of the word "live" or "life" in Japanese lettering.
  • Clothing: Dark color track pants with white strips down
    outside each leg. Dark color athletic shoe. Prescription eyeglasses
    with metal rims which he wears occasionally for driving. Daypack
    (book bag style for school) dark blue or black and possibly a waterproof
    watch, a Bear Grylls survival tool pack (including a multi tool, small
    flashlight, fire starter rod), a Gerber pack axe, Several pages of
    a military survival manual, a knife sharpener, a Coleman compass/
    thermometer, 100 of black parachute cord, a head lamp, pocket
    knife, IPod
    Touch and some granola bars.
  • AKA: "Drock", "DJ"
  • Case Number: 12-1076

  • Details of Disappearance
    Last seen in the Cherokee, NC area at Microtel Inn and Suites. The vehicle Derek was driving was found within the Great
    Smoky Mountains National Park near the Tennessee and North Caroline state line. While his vehicle was located at the
    Newfound Gap area, no one interviewed on and off the trail could verify him being inside or outside the park after leaving
    the hotel at 0400 hrs on the morning of March 17, 2012.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    National park Service
    US Park Ranger Joshua Frazier
    (828) 497-1940

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