Steven Robert Asplund

Asplund, circa 1994

  • Missing Since 01/09/1994
  • Missing From Moline, Illinois
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 07/28/1961 (60)
  • Age 32 years old
  • Height and Weight 6'0, 180 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A Chicago Bears pullover jacket, a white sweatshirt, gray sweatpants and sneakers.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Asplund's nickname is Steve.

Details of Disappearance

Asplund was last seen at a friend's house at 4th Street and 20th Avenue in Moline, Illinois on January 9, 1994. He was doing a remodeling project at home and went to his friend's to borrow a caulking gun. After collecting the caulking gun, at 7:30 p.m. he left for home, which was only a short distance away. He never arrived. When he didn't come home by 6:00 a.m. the following day, his fiancee began searching for him.

A few days later, Asplund's red or black 1987 Ford Mustang was discovered abandoned in a parking lot at the 13th Street landing at the base of the Interstate 74 Bridge in Bettendorf, Iowa. There was no sign of him at the scene. Unspecified forensic evidence was discovered inside the vehicle, but test results on it were inconclusive.

In August 1994, Asplund's medical insurance card was located sitting on the rail of a footbridge at Loud Thunder Forest Preserve in Rock Island County, Illinois. Police searched the river below for his body but found no evidence relevant to the case. They stated they thought the card had been deliberately placed on the rail, perhaps by someone innocently who found it elsewhere, and said they weren't sure whether it had any connection to Asplund's disappearance or if he had lost it beforehand.

For years, authorities sought to locate a bearded man who was a possible witness in Asplund's case. He had a tattoo of the letters "HR" on the back of his left hand and wore a Green Bay Packers jacket. The individual was finally identified in January 2014, but hasn't been named in the press.

Asplund worked for a local tool and die maker at the time of his disappearance. Both authorities and Asplund's brother believe foul play was involved in his case. Since his disappearance he has not used his credit cards or withdrawn any money from his bank account. His case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Moline Police Department 309-797-0401

Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated January 14, 2021; middle name and picture added, details of disappearance updated.