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  1. #1
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    Sep 2004

    MD - Oliver Wendell Munson, 39, Catonsville, 13 Feb 1984

    Oliver Wendell Munson
    Missing since February 13, 1984 from Catonsville, Baltimore County, Maryland
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: circa 1945
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 39 years old
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Black male.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Munson, a bachelor and somewhat of a recluse, was last seen in 600 block of Orpington Road in Catonsville, Maryland on February 13, 1984. At 7:50 a.m., a neighbor saw Munson leaving his home, alone apparently heading to work.

    Wendell was a industrial arts high school teacher in Howard County, MD, and never arrived at school.

    He had an occasional girlfriend, but on weekends he often left town to visit his mother and two brothers on the Eastern Shore.

    His family reported him missing the next day, February. 14, after checking his home. On February 16, the 1980 Ford Pinto belonging to Munson is found parked on Braeside Road in Catonsville, about two blocks from his home. The right front tire is flat, apparently due to a slow leak. In it was his touring cap, he usually wore, and had his lunch bag and school notebook on the front seat. Munson hobby was working on the old cars that littered his yard.

    Investigators believe that he may have been murdered in retaliation of testifying against an auto theft ring. Mr. Munson had unknowingly bought a blue 1973 Datsun 240Z car from a ring member the year before he disappeared. This car had been stollen the on the morning of Munson's disappearance.

    On February 27, the blue 1973 Datsun 240Z that had been stolen was recovered at the edge of Leakin Park in West Baltimore.

    In the car were two business receipts with Munson's name, traces of unidentified blood, and a small-caliber shell casing. His body may have been dumped or buried somewhere, perhaps in Leakin Park, near where the stolen car was later found.

    February 28, 1984 City police searched Leakin Park without success. ON May 28, 1985 Munson was legally declared dead, the victim of "presumptive homicide," his body was never found.


    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Baltimore County Police Department

    Source Information:

    Maryland Missing Persons Network
    Baltimore Sun 10/7/1993
    The Doe Network: Case File 2006DMMD


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  3. #3
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    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods

    By Luke Broadwater

    Posted 4/15/09

    On Feb. 13, 1984, Oliver Munson walked out the door of his house and left for work. As far as anyone knows, he was never seen again.

    His car was found a few blocks from his house in the 600 block of Orpington Avenue. The right front tire was flat.

    Two weeks later, a stolen car was found at the edge of Leakin Park in West Baltimore.

    Inside were two receipts bearing Munson's name, a shell casing and traces of unidentified blood. Police searched Leakin Park but could find no trace of Munson's body.

    Gick said there was no way to test the blood found in the car for DNA back in 1984, and today that sample has deteriorated too much to be tested.
    More at link
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  4. #4
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    Jun 2005
    On the Third Coast

    MD-Oliver Wendell Munson, 39, Catonsville MISSING 25 YEARS


    15 April 09

    Harold Munson hasn't seen his older brother in a quarter century. But the 61-year-old still holds out hope.

    "I always think one of these days he's going to drive up my driveway," Harold Munson said. "It might be a dream. But I still have faith he's still alive."

    It has been 25 years since Oliver Wendell Munson was supposed to show up to teach his shop class at the now-closed Ellicott City Middle School.
    He never arrived, and now, a quarter century later, after his missing persons case has been combed through by many investigators, police and Munson's family still do not know what happened to the 39-year-old Catonsville resident that winter morning.

    "We're still trying to find out what happened to Mr. Munson," said Det. Larry Gick, supervisor of Baltimore County police's cold case unit. "He disappeared under suspicious circumstances and he was never located. We've received no further information or leads in a long time."


    Baltimore County police are now working with the University of North Texas and its unidentified human remains database to see if Munson's body has been recovered anywhere. Police recently took a voluntary DNA sample from Harold Munson to see if they can get a family match.

    much, much more at link

  5. #5
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    Sep 2004
    Bumping case up. It has been over 30 years since Oliver Wendell Munson went missing.

  6. #6
    Interesting to note that he was obviously named by his parents after a celebrity (Oliver Wendell Holmes).

  7. #7
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    Mar 2009
    I remember seeing this case on unsolved mysteries. Very sad he hasn't been found

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