Steven R. Asplund

Asplund, circa 1994

  • Missing Since 01/09/1994
  • Missing From Moline, Illinois
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 07/28/1961 (57)
  • Age 32 years old
  • Height and Weight 6'0, 180 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A Chicago Bears pullover jacket, a white sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and sneakers.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Asplund's nickname is Steve.

Details of Disappearance

Asplund was last seen at a friend's house on January 9, 1994. He left that evening to go home, which was only a short distance away, but never arrived. When he didn't come home by 6:00 a.m. the following day, his fiancee began searching for him.

Asplund's red Ford Mustang was discovered abandoned in a parking lot at the base of the Interstate 74 Bridge in Bettendorf, Iowa. There was no sign of him at the scene. Unspecified forensic evidence was discovered inside the vehicle, but test results on it were inconclusive.

Several months after the car was found, Asplund's driver's license was located on a bridge at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Rock Island County, Illinois. Police searched the river below for his body but found no evidence relevant to the case.

For years, authorities sought to locate a bearded man who was a possible witness in Asplund's case. He had a tattoo of the letters "HR" on the back of his left hand and wore a Green Bay Packers jacket. The individual was finally identified in January 2014, but hasn't been named in the press.

Asplund worked for a local tool and dye maker at the time of his disappearance. Both authorities and Asplund's brother believe foul play was involved in his case. Since his disappearance he has not used his credit cards or withdrawn any money from his bank account. His case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Moline Police Department 309-797-0401

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 28, 2018; details of disappearance updated.