Dean E. Dawson

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Above Images: Dawson, circa 1996


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 25, 1996 from Sterling, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 21, 1955
  • Age: 40 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'2, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue denim jacket, blue jeans and a red hat.
  • Medical Conditions: Dawson was attempting to overcome a drinking problem at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Dawson spent the night at a friend's home on Route 10 in Sterling, New York on April 25, 1996. He was last seen at 11:30 p.m. When his friend woke up the following morning, Dawson was gone. His bed didn't appear to have been slept in. He has never been heard from again and all of his belongings were left behind. Authorities believe Dawson initially left his home to find alcohol, but it is unknown what happened to him after that. There was an unconfirmed sighting of him on the Nichols Road Bridge near Martville, New York at 7:30 a.m. on April 26. He was also reportedly seen on a bridge in Oswego, New York, twenty miles from Sterling.

    At the time of his disappearance, Dawson led a semi-transient lifestyle without a permanent address or a vehicle. He had separated from his wife and two children about a year before. He worked odd jobs in the Martville, New York area and was well-known locally, and he kept in close touch with his family. He had been known to walk relatively long distances.

    Investigators believe Dawson is probably deceased, but it is unclear whether foul play was involved in his disappearance and there was no indication that he was suicidal. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    News 10 Now
    The Citizen
    The Syracuse Post-Standard
    The Doe Network


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 20, 2011; middle initial and two pictures added, details of disappearance updated.

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