Mitchell Dale Stehling

Stehling, circa 2013; Hat and shoe similar to Stehling's

  • Missing Since 06/09/2013
  • Missing From Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado
  • Classification Lost/Injured Missing
  • Age 51 years old
  • Height and Weight 6'0, 200 - 230 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A brown t-shirt, khaki shorts, white calf-high socks, brown Red Wing oxford shoes, a khaki "Mesa Verde Museum Association" baseball cap, and brown sunglasses with round lenses. Photos of a similar hat and shoe are posted with this case summary.
  • Medical Conditions Stehling suffers from severe back problems and has had multiple surgeries.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, brown eyes. Stehling goes by his middle name, Dale.

Details of Disappearance

Stehling was last seen at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado on June 9, 2013. He'd gone there with his wife and parents. Stehling stated he going to hike to the Spruce Tree House ruin and left at 4:30 p.m. The trail to the Spruce Tree House is less than a quarter of a mile long and connects to the Petroglyph Point Trail; witnesses saw him on that trail and spoke to him.

Stehling never returned and has never been heard from again. The day he disappeared was very hot, with temperatures reaching over 100 degrees, and he didn't have any water with him. He did have a cellular phone, but no one was able to get any signals from it after his disappearance.

He is presumed to have died in the wilderness.

Investigating Agency

  • National Park Service 970-529-4622

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 13, 2019; casefile added.