Arthur P. Deering

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Deering, circa 1998;
Bottom Center and Right: Age-progressions to an unknown age


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 20, 1998 from Beacon, New York
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 29, 1952
  • Age: 46 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11 - 6'0, 190 - 200 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray/white hair, blue eyes. Deering has a large scar on his left leg. He has a tattoo of a heart on his upper right arm. Deering may have a full beard. He walks with a limp and is missing two of his upper front teeth. Deering walks with a limp. His nicknames are Art and Artie. Deering is a veteran of the Vietnam War; he served in the Marines.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black POW (Prisoner Of War) shirt and blue jeans.
  • Medical Conditions: Deering suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder due to his experiences in the Vietnam War. He suffers nightmares and delusions as a result. He is required to take medication for his condition; if he does not, he may exhibit paranoid tendencies. Deering is also diabetic. He is classified as disabled.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Deering was last seen at approximately 8:00 p.m. on June 20, 1998 when an friend dropped him off at the Metro North train station in Beacon, New York. He was ill and was supposed to be en route to Montrose Veterans' Administration (VA) Hospital at the time. Deering was receiving continuing treatment at the hospital during the summer of 1998. He had been discharged from his in-patient status on June 12, eight days prior to his disappearance, after a six-week in-patient stay. Deering was carrying a large-sized black plastic bag with most of his personal belongings inside of it at the station. Deering never arrived at the hospital and has not been heard from again. His sister reported him missing on June 25, five days after his disappearance.

    Deering's vehicle was discovered abandoned on Spring Valley Street in Beacon several days after he vanished. There was no sign of Deering at the scene. His sister had planned on assisting him with locating an apartment in Kingston, New York during the week of his disappearance. Deering had previously lived in Kingston from 1996 until the summer of 1998. He also lived in Memphis, Tennessee and North Carolina in the past. Deering may have traveled to Tennessee, eastern North Carolina or Florida. He may be disoriented. He is interested in music and motorcycles. Deering often wears t-shirts displaying POW (Prisoner Of War), MIA (Missing In Action) or Harley Davidson logos or emblems.

    Deering's case remains unsolved. He may have traveled to back to where he used to live in Florida, Tennessee, or eastern North Carolina. His family believes he may be living on the streets.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Beacon City Police Department



    Source Information
    New York State Police
    Arthur Deering: Missing Person
    The Times Herald-Record
    Rino Kids Online
    Charlaine Michaelis: Forensic Artist
    Outpost for Hope


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