Real Name: Dale Kerstetter
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: Bradford, Pennsylvania
Date: September 12, 1987
Occupation: Security guard and maintenance man
Date Of Birth: March 7, 1937
Weight: 130 lbs.
Marital Status: Married
Characteristics: Brown eyes with receding gray hair
Details: Dale Kerstetter was a security guard and maintenance man at Corning Glassworks in Bradford, Pennsylvania. He began his shift at 11 pm on Saturday, September 12, 1987. The next morning, guard John Lindquist came by the plant to relieve him. He went inside and found Dale's lunch pail and keys on a table in the cafeteria; but Dale was nowhere to be found. His pickup truck was still in the parking lot and the police were soon called to the scene. Inside the truck, Dale's keys were still in the ignition, a full carton of cigarettes was left behind, along with an empty holster for his .22 caliber pistol and his day pack. Authorities, at first, believed that Dale had suffered from a heart attack or some other medical condition and was in need of assistance. Police dogs tracked his scent via his usual security route; the dog led police to the second floor where the plant's glass kiln was located. This was not part of Dale's usual security rounds. Although Dale's scent was found on the kiln, there was no other trace of him throughout the building.
The investigation then focused on the three security cameras that monitored the plant. The tapes showed a masked man walking around the plant and meeting with Dale. The tapes also showed the man opening the tank where platinum was stored. Whoever removed the platinum from the tank knew exactly where everything was in the plant, suggesting that someone who worked or previously worked there was involved. The tapes also showed Dale apparently being coerced by the masked man. At one point, Dale looks directly at the camera, although it is unknown if he was secretly signaling for help or "flaunting" his crimes. It was soon discovered that $250,000 worth of platinum had been stolen from the tank. Dale's mother and daughters did not believe that he was involved in the heist of the platinum, but his employers and even his son believe he might be involved. The final clue from the camera showed the masked man wheeling out something covered on a cart. Some believe that the cart had the missing platinum, while others believe it contained Dale's body. Authorities learned that Dale had been cut from the trade program at work, which took between $5,000 and $7,000 from his usual pay. Dale was also at least $30,000 in debt at the time of his disappearance. His daughters, however, stated that he would have asked them for help if he needed any money. Authorities are still uncertain if Dale was involved in the heist or if he was an innocent victim. Dale's son believes that he may still be alive and in hiding, but his daughters and mother believe that he was abducted and murdered.
Suspects: There is no description available for the masked man that was involved in the theft and Dale's disappearance.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the October 25, 1989 episode.
Results: Unsolved. Kerstetter was declared legally dead in 2014.
- Dale Kerstetter at Unsolved.com
- Dale Kerstetter at the Charley Project
- Fan Discussion forum on Dale Kerstetter
- Dale Kerstetter discussion forum on Sitcom Online
- Dale Kerstetter Case File at McKean County Cold Cases