Kenneth William Harker

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Above Images: Harker, circa 1996

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 5, 1996 from Sioux City, Iowa
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 18, 1961
  • Age: 34 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Harker's nickname is Kenny. He wears eyeglasses and he has scars above both eyebrows.
  • Medical Conditions: Harker suffered a serious head injury in a vehicular accident several years prior to his disappearance and became disabled as a result. He was able to live independently by 1996, but he couldn't hold a full-time job and he needs medication.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Harker was last seen in Sioux City, Iowa on October 5, 1996. He resided in the 500 block of Colon Street at the time. He was supposed to meet his mother that day, but never showed up. She assumed he had forgotten. That same day, his white 1977 Chevrolet Suburban was found abandoned on a gravel road, K-42, near Sioux City. Its doors were open, the fuel tank was empty and the tires were flat.

    On October 9, after several failed attempts to contact him, Harker's mother went to his house and found it deserted. The dog was there and had not been fed, and Harker's medication was left behind. His mother became alarmed and reported her son's disappearance to police. She stated Harker was very close to his dog and took it with him most places, and it would be uncharacteristic of him to abandon the animal without making sure it would be cared for.

    A local mechanic and friend of Harker's disappeared at about the same time Harker did. He returned home several days after Harker was reported missing, but moved away from the area shortly afterwards. The mechanic had a reputation for swindling people and he had many enemies as a result. Authorities searched the man's sister's property for Harker's remains, but found nothing. The mechanic was never charged in Harker's case.

    Although there is no hard evidence of foul play in Harker's disappearance, investigators believe he may have been murdered. He enjoyed working with motorcycles and playing the guitar in 1996. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Sioux City Police Department
    712-279-6365

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    Source Information
    The Siouxland Information Connection
    The Doe Network
    The Cold Case Series
    Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
    Sioux City Police Department

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 2, 2013; middle name added, details of disappearance updated.

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