Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Dale was last seen in Nucla, CO. on May 27, 1999. In early July 1999 his pickup truck was found submerged at the confluence of the San Miguel and Dolores Rivers in Colorado. Its ignition was turned on, it was in gear, and the angle between the highway and the river was extremely sharp, and each detail seemed to indicate that somebody deliberately drove his pickup into the river.
Dale Williams was a longtime resident, devoted husband, and father of two teenaged daughters. He owned and operated an auto body shop in Nucla. On the evening of May 27, 1999, when he failed to come home for dinner his wife, Diana, assumed he was busy at work, but by bedtime, she was concerned and by morning was shocked that he had never come home. She soon went to his auto body shop, and then to his mother's house; they searched around Nucla all day but found no trace of him, so they reported his disappearance to the police.
Investigators learned that at around 12:15pm. on May 27, he made a brief stop at Tami Lowrance's office and was in a hurry. He said that he had to pick up a stranded motorist. His friend, Tom Ross, was with him when the call had come in. The caller said their car had broken down and that they needed help. This was unusual because Dale was not a mechanic but did body work. Police have never been able to locate the stranded motorist that he went to help. The distress call came from a stolen cell phone. Tom Ross believes that the caller was a woman.
Some witnesses claim to have seen him the night of May 27 at a market in nearby Naturita. However, this has not been verified. Some witnesses also claim that they saw his truck back at the auto body shop at 1:30pm, when he was supposed to have been picking up the stranded motorist.
Foul play is suspected.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Agent Brooks Bennett
Montrose County Sheriff's Office
Sheriff Rick Dunlap