Richard William Griener

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Above: Richard, circa 1972

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 17, 1972 from Pekin, Illinois
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 90 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Dark brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gold-colored hooded nylon jacket, a long brown ski mask, blue jeans, and green rubber insulated boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Richard left his home on the north side of Pekin, Illinois at approximately 4:00 p.m. He was intending to go to the snow sledding hill at the local park, four blocks away. Richard's friends last saw him at the hill at 5:30 p.m. He was carrying a blue plastic roll-up toboggan-style sled at the time of his disappearance. He has never been heard from again.

    An extensive search of the local area turned up no sign of Richard. A skull found in Michigan was originally thought to be his, but it turned out not to be. Authorities believe Richard is deceased. One suspect in his case is William "Freight Train" Guatney, a mentally ill homeless man, who confessed to the murders of several children, including a nine-year-old boy who was abducted only 200 yards from where Richard was last seen. However, Richard disappeared during the winter, and Guatney's other suspected victims were all attacked during the warmer months. Guatney was committed to a mental institution after being found incompetent to stand trial for murder. He died in 1997. He was never charged in Richard's case. The child remains missing and his case is unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pekin Police Department
    309-346-3132

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    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Bloomingtom Pantagraph
    The Peoria Journal Star

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 21, 2007; date of birth added, details of disappearance updated.

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