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Missing Man: James Dale Yarbrough - MO - 09/15/99

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#1 Linda

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:56 PM


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James Dale Yarbrough

Missing Since: September 15, 1999 from Palmyra, Missouri
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age: 30 years old
Height and Weight: 6'0, 180 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Yarbrough may have a moustache, beard or a goatee. He wears eyeglasses. Yarbrough goes by his middle name, Dale.

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A yellow CONGO t-shirt, blue jeans and tennis shoes.

Details of Disappearance

Yarbrough resided with his parents on their 200-acre farm near Palmyra, Missouri. He was last seen inside their house during the morning hours of September 15, 1999. Yarbrough's mother noticed that he left all of his personal belongings behind, including his wallet. She assumed her son would return home shortly, as all of his vehicles were parked near the family's farm. Yarbrough's mother became concerned when he failed to contact anyone by 12:00 p.m. He has never been heard from again.

Yarbrough's mother told authorities that she did not hear any cars approach their residence during the morning of her son's disappearance. He left a large amount of money in his bank account, which has remained untouched since September 1999. There has not been any activity on Yarbrough's Social Security number. His loved ones walked around the family's property after he was reported missing, but no evidence related to his case was discovered.

A new sheriff was elected in Marion County, Missouri in January 2000. Yarbrough's father requested that law enforcement look into his son's disappearance again shortly afterwards. There was speculation that the former sheriff did not thoroughly investigate Yarbrough's case, an accusation that he denied. The former sheriff said that he believed Yarbrough may have left of his own accord to start a new life, but he admitted there was no evidence to support his theory.

The new sheriff's administration followed numerous unconfirmed sightings of Yarbrough, which were reported from St. Louis, Missouri, Texas and Memphis, Tennessee. All of the incidents proved to be false leads.

The Yarbrough family's farm was extensively searched by law enforcement in June 2002, nearly three years after his disappearance. The former sheriff did not conduct an extensive investigation of the area in 1999. Yarbrough occasionally walked to a wooded area on the property near the Fabius River. It did not appear that he was injured in an accident at the location. Yarbrough vanished during bow scouting for the deer season, but authorities stated that they did not believe his disappearance was related to the event. Investigators announced that they completed a thorough search of the property at the end of June 2002, but no evidence connected to Yarbrough's case was discovered. The farm encompasses rough terrain with numerous steep inclines.

Rumors persisted that Yarbrough visited Jim Gibson prior to his disappearance. Gibson was a local resident who was convicted of child molestation after Yarbrough vanished in 1999. Authorities interviewed Gibson at a prison in Jefferson City, Missouri during the summer of 2002. They announced that Gibson was not involved in his case.

Yarbrough was employed as an asphalter in 1999. He enjoyed playing pool and his favorite beverage was Mountain Dew. Yarbrough did not smoke or drink alcoholic beverages at the time he went missing. His disappearance remains unsolved.

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Marion County Sheriff's Office

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Posted 16 January 2008 - 09:59 PM

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Posted 20 September 2008 - 02:56 PM

James has now been missing for 9 years.  Our thoughts and prayers are for his safe return.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 10:18 AM

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 07:38 AM


Northeast Missouri man still missing after 11 years

by Rajah Maples Posted: 11.09.2010 at 9:45

PALMYRA, MO. -- A northeast Missouri man went missing in 1999.

Eleven years have passed, but not the desire by his friends, loved ones and authorities to find answers.

KHQA's Rajah Maples sat down with the family of Dale Yarbrough and an investigator last month to find out what they do know happened.

Sgt. Regina Webb said, "We know that James Dale Yarbrough went missing from his family farm on Sept. 15, 1999, and that's all we know for a fact."

From what you do know, he got up one morning and walked out of the house, and you don't know what happened after that?

James Yarbrough answered, "That's exactly right."

Yarbrough left behind all of his belongings, including his wallet and driver's license. Sgt. Regina Webb started working on the case when she started working at the Marion County Sheriff's Department in 2001. She says neither Yarbrough's bank account nor his social security number have been used since the day he went missing. But Sgt. Webb has suspicions.

She says Yarbrough worked for several asphalt companies out of the Hannibal area, many of which scam the elderly out of thousands of dollars throughout the country.

Webb said, "There was an issue. He came home early, left the job early from one of those job sites in Iowa, came home, didn't say anything to his family. Everything was fine. He was home for a week or two. He went to visit some friends at a neighborhood establishment in Hannibal. He came home that night. The next morning, he went out and got the mail, spoke to his mom. Everything was fine. We know he disappeared between 9:30 a.m. and noon."

Yarbrough's father thinks Dale trusted the wrong people.

James Yarbrough said, "We don't have a clue. We think he was picked up by someone, and I think something bad happened to him."

Dale Yarbrough came from a tight-nit family and had two sisters. Now these childhood photos are one of the few memories his family has to hold onto. And their search for the truth is as strong today as it was the day he went missing.

Do you think the people responsible for his disappearance are still in our viewing area?

Webb said, "Absolutely. There are several individuals in the area that we know have specific information about Dale being missing. We know that, and I think our greatest hope for them is that someone steps up and takes accountability and responsibility and gives this family some closure."

Sgt. Regina Webb says she's in the process of collecting DNA from each member of Yarbrough's immediate family to submit to the FBI's DNA analysis unit.

That way if remains ever surface, authorities will be able to compare them with the family's genetic makeup for a possible match.

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