Kenneth M. Plaisted

Above: Plaisted, circa 1971


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 16, 1971 from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 23, 1923
  • Age: 48 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1, 165 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Plaisted and his wife traveled from their home in New Holstein, Wisconsin to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on November 16, 1971. He was scheduled to attend a business meeting, meet his daughter at noon, and then go car shopping with his wife and daughter that afternoon. His daughter was a student at Marquette University and lived in an apartment near north 14th Street and west State Street. Plaisted did attend his business meeting at the Plankinton Building on Wisconsin Avenue. Afterwards he left to go see his daughter.

    Plaisted never arrived at his daughter's residence, but she found his car on the street outside her apartment building. The vehicle was unlocked, the windows were rolled down and the keys were missing. The glove box was open and had been rifled through, but gift Plaisted had purchased were still in the backseat. His hat was found crushed and lying in the gutter nearby. He has never been heard from again.

    After Plaisted's disappearance, police discovered a $65,000 shortage in a trust fund he'd been handling. He had taken money from the trust account and used it to cover shortages in his personal bank account, but he left an IOU at the bank. Investigators suspected he had absconded with the missing money, but it was later determined that the $65,000 had all been spent before Plaisted went missing. His family never believed he left of his own accord; they think he was murdered. Plaisted's son suspects a former associate who had a bitter dispute with Plaisted. The man was allegedly in Milwaukee on November 16, but it hasn't been proven that he was involved in the disappearance any way.

    Plaisted was an attorney at the time of his disappearance. He is a Navy veteran and has six children. He was declared legally dead in 1979. New Holstein police are investigating Plaisted's disappearance. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults
    The Milwaukee Journal


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 11, 2009; casefile added.

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