Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
David G. Morrison was last seen on October 1, 1979. A stereo dealer and businessman, Morrison is believed to have been murdered by robbers, who abducted him from his home.
Munster police were called to Morrison's store just west of Calumet Avenue in the 700 block of Seberger Lane at 4:45 a.m. that Saturday on a tip that four men were sitting in a white car outside.
The car was gone when police arrived, but the door and the cash register were open, though nothing else seemed disturbed. A teenage store employee was called to lock up, and he pointed out a red smear on the door's frame that looked like blood, and a set of keys on Morrison's desk that also appeared to have blood on them.
The employee called a friend of Morrison who had been at a party at his house on Hammond's south side the night before. The friend agreed to check on Morrison. Hammond police found the home in the 7100 block of Meadow Lane ransacked, with blood stains on the main floor and in the basement, and a snow shovel caked with blood and hair.
Morrison's white Pontiac Grand Am, with its vanity STEREO license plate, also was missing. The car was found three days later in South Holland, Ill., with blood smeared on the outside of the passenger door, the back seat and the floor, and Morrison's driver's license on the front seat.
As Hammond detectives scoured Morrison's home about 7:30 a.m. that Saturday, a Hammond parks department employee reported a body floating just off the Lake Michigan shore on the city's north side. Responding Hammond police officers did not attempt to recover the body, which floated in about 2 feet of water. They instead called in a Lake County sheriff's police diving team as the body bobbed against the shore for half an hour before disappearing. Witnesses said the body was that of a white male, clad only in a shirt and socks, who appeared to have been badly beaten.
No charges have been filed in the case, but police considered several people of interest, including an East Chicago man associated with a Gary motorcycle club who was found dead from a heroin overdose along with another man in a Harvey, Ill., motel room a year later.
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Hammond Police Department