David Wayne Schroeder
North American Missing Persons Network
David Wayne Schroeder

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 22, 2012 from Onalaska, La Crosse County, Wisconsin
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 77"
  • Weight: 300 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black, graying and some thinning.
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Mustache and goatee. Left ear was pierced
    at one time. Right lower leg has large excema patch on it. May have glasses, but it is
    believed that he had lost them before he went missing.
  • Medical Conditions: Dave was suffering from poorly controlled diabetes,
    high blood pressure and cholesterol and sleep apnea.
  • Clothing: Dave was last seen wearing a bright blue Journey Lutheran Church
    t-shirt, faded blue jeans, and black Sketcher shoes. He also had on a heavy blue vinyl
    coat with a grey hood and his name and a Ready Busline patch on it.
  • Jewelry: Wedding ring.
  • AKA: Dave
  • Case Number: 12-15341

  • Details of Disappearance
    David Schroeder vanished September 22, 2012, after leaving the familyís Onalaska house on foot. The day David went missing, Karla, his wife, brought him home from church because he wasnít feeling well. At home, David indicated he would try to get some sleep. Karla returned to church, leaving their home at 2:10 p.m. He was gone when his family returned at 3:10 PM.

    He did not take his wallet, keys or cellphone. He also left behind his medication.

    Karla knew something was wrong, and within the hour of noticing her husband wasnít in or around the home, she called the authorities to report him missing. Because David was an adult, the authorities didnít undertake a search until almost five days after he was gone.

    Rescuers and cadaver dogs scoured Brice Prairie and surrounding areas but found no trace of him. A dog did track Davidís scent across the street and about one mile along nearby railroad tracks but then lost it.

    David was declared dead a year and a half after he disappeared.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    La Crosse County Sheriff's Department

    Source Information
    La Crosse Tribune