Joel Allen Amundson

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Above Images: Amundson, circa 1996


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 18, 1996 from Williston, North Dakota
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 20, 1970
  • Age: 26 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8 - 5'9, 160 - 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Amundson has a vaccination scar on his shoulder. His left ear is pierced. He has minimal body hair. Amundson sustained two skull fractures in the past, one when he was two years old and one when he was nineteen.
  • Medical Conditions: Amundson may be suffering from amnesia as a result of his previous head injuries.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Amundson was last seen in Williston, North Dakota on October 18, 1996. He disappeared during a bow hunting trip, early in the morning. His boat had been launched from a ramp in McKenzie County that day. It was found at noon on the north side of the Missouri River in Willston County, North Dakota, three miles east of Lewis and Clark Bridge. His bow was inside the boat. There were indications that the vessel had struck something, perhaps a log. Amundson was reported missing at 6:00 that evening.

    Authorities believe Amundson fell out of his boat and drowned, but his body has never been recovered. He is a good swimmer and was in excellent physical shape in 1996. His parents hope he is still alive and does not remember his identity. He worked as a salesman at a sporting goods store in Williston at the time of his disappearance. Amundson's case remains unsolved. McKenzie County police are investigating.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    McKenzie County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The Bismarck Tribune
    The Grand Forks Herald


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 23, 2009; casefile added.

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