09-07-2009, 02:20 AM #1Registered User
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PA - Dale Kerstetter, 50, Bradford, 13 Sept 1987
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Above video from Unsolved Mysteries
Insight from Dale's daughter:
missing since 9/13/1987 in Bradford, PA
Weight: 130 lbs.
Hair: Brown/gray; receding hairline
Did a missing employee steal half a million in platinum from a glass plant?
Weight: 130 lbs.
Hair: Brown/gray; receding hairline
His truck was found abandoned
He left keys, a packed lunch, and cigarettes
Security cameras captured a masked man
Saturday, September 12, 1987, began as a typical work day for Dale Kerstetter. The 50-year-old security guard and maintenance man had worked for 27 years at the Corning Glassworks plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania. At 11 PM., Kerstetter began his shift as a weekend security guard. That night, $250,000 worth of platinum pipe vanished from the plant and Dale Kerstetter was never seen again. Pound for pound, platinum is one of the most precious commodities in the world. After Dale Kerstetter disappeared, authorities were mystified. Was Kerstetter the unwitting victim of a robbery or had the engineered the heist himself?
By all accounts, Dale was an ordinary man who was loved by his family and respected by his employer. His son, Al, remembered him as being very compassionate:
"He's just a great father. I mean, there wasn't a kid in the world that wouldn't want to have him as their dad."
On Sunday morning, September 13 th , security guard John Lindquist arrived at 7:00 AM. He expected to find Dale waiting to be relieved:
Was Dale a victim or was he in on the heist?
"He usually sat right inside the door and he wasn't there. So I walked in the cafeteria and I see his lunch pail sitting on the table. I happened to pick up the newspaper and there were the keys. So then I looked in his lunch pail, and I see that... everything was there. He hadn't eaten."
Later that morning, Dale's pickup truck was discovered in the plant parking lot. Police were called in to investigate. The truck yielded a number of clues that suggested Dale had not disappeared voluntarily. His keys were still in the ignition, and he left behind a full carton of cigarettes, an empty gun holster from his .22-caliber pistol, and his daypack.
That afternoon, the sheriff's K-9 unit was brought in to track Dale's movements in the 112,000-square-foot factory. The dogs led police to the second floor. This was the site of the plant's glass furnace, also known as "the tank." The tank contained the valuable platinum pipe but was not part of Dale's normal security rounds. Even though Dale's scent was found near the tank, he was nowhere in the building.
The investigation next focused on the three security cameras that monitor the factory around the clock. Personnel manager, Patrick Foley, was disturbed by what the cameras had recorded:
"The first thing I saw was a masked man in the back of the plant in the one area. When I saw the masked man on the tape, I was very alarmed. At first I thought... there's been some foul play, Dale's involved in foul play, and he probably is missing. And then Dale Kerstetter came back and met this masked person in the back of the plant. I had a very empty feeling in my stomach. I said, 'What on earth?' And then, as I continued to review the tapes, I saw the masked person come back out and go up to the tank area, then I was extremely anxious because at that time I realized that not only do we have a missing employee... there was a good possibility that we had missing platinum in the plant. Whoever removed the platinum from the tank was extremely familiar with the plant, everything in the plant--they knew exactly where to go."
Police could not tell if Dale was being coerced or if he was part of the heist. At one point he looked directly into the camera. Was Dale signaling for help? Or was he coolly flaunting his crime? Patrick Foley was sure he knew the answer:
"I think the fact that he did everything in front of the cameras was once again just Dale Kerstetter saying to us, 'Look, hey, here I am. I'm taking your platinum and there isn't a thing you can do about it.'"
However, Wendy Kerstetter believed her father was an innocent victim. According to her theory, Dale heard or saw the masked intruder and went to investigate:
"If he had planned on taking off anywhere, why would he bother packing a lunch? I mean, just little things like that. And a whole carton of cigarettes, and he smoked all the time. I mean, he would've taken his cigarettes."
Another theory places Dale at the center of a bold and premeditated robbery. Inspector Max J. Bizzak of the Pennsylvania State Police was one of the lead investigators on the case:
"Through our investigation we determined Dale Kerstetter was approximately $30,000 to $40,000 in arrears on various payments--trailer payments, vehicle payments and, different bills which he had owed throughout the area."
Whether Dale Kerstetter committed the crime or not, his daughter Wendy and the rest of his family are anxious to know if he is still alive:
"He had six kids, two grandkids. And to do something like that and take off, and not call any of them--you know, just take off and never talk to your kids again? I just... can't believe it."
Dale Kerstetter is 5'4" tall and weighs 130 pounds. He has blue eyes, brown and grey hair and a receding hairline.
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09-07-2009, 11:34 AM #2
interesting!UMfanforever you really hit my senses on this one.
Not only did i get a headache , i had to lay down and take a nap just to think about this case.
Dorothy Allison would be so proud of you right now if she was here.
I Google this case, and found that there are some family members talking about this case elsewhere, i am hoping they find there way here eventually, to help answer some questions, they may be able to answer since LE is not here to do so.
But this thief, was walking around that plant like he had all the time in the world, like he was in his garage working on something.
according to a family member, policy was, if the guard did-not check in every hour on the hour, then the person the guard was suppose to check in with, was to call the police to have them respond to the plant to check on things, check on things to see if the guard was hurt, had a heart attack etc.........and according to this family member, the police was no more then a mile from the plant...........
plant management said, a NEW employee was working that night, and was unsure of procedure as far as what to do, if the guard did not check in every hour on the hour.............I find that hard to believe, this new employee, didn't know one of the most important procedures to follow!!!........which was to call the police, if the guard did not check in every hour on the hour, I just don't believe that.
How lucky, for this thief, that a new employee was working that night, and being new, forgot about calling the police when the guard failed to call in every hour on the hour........from the video, it took longer then an hour to do all that was done, to get that stuff out and loaded.
and perhaps, the guard looking into the camera, was really saying, where are you.........i have not called in, where are the cops!!
perhaps he knew, when he did not call in, the police would be called, and the thief caught..so the guard cooperated with the thief, knowing soon the cops would be there since he did-not call in.........
But lucky for the thief, this NEW person, forgot this procedure, and didn't call???............
Was this thief, and the new person working together?
did the new person quit or fired soon after, and where did they come from?
250,000 back then, would be around what 750,000 today?
perhaps this thief got paid 50,ooo or so for this material from someone.
had to have someone ready to buy the stuff after/ before! he took it.
would not steal it first, then try to sell it.
No, i say he had a buyer already lined up.
back in 87 in PA, whom would know what to do with that stuff in advance........after it left the facility?
it went somewhere?
But i wonder where it came from, was it made there, or was it brought in from somewhere, and stored there for awhile, and whom was it stored there for, and whom had ordered it?
Whom ordered it, and had it delivered to that facility, if it was not made at the plant, which i don't think it was made there, but could have been produced there i guess.
Back at that time, in the area, would the mob, or other crime family, had been interested in this material, to sell on the black market?
Was that a angle that was looked at?
where did this stuff come from?
09-08-2009, 03:23 PM #3Amateur Zodiac Researcher
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I always wanted to see this case resolved, ever since i saw it on UM. Very Fascinating. Since the statute of limitations is up, he could come home if he was involved, which make me think he was victim
05-18-2012, 02:29 PM #4<This space for rent>
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I wonder if there was a central monitoring station for the glass kiln temperatures. The melting point of glass is significantly above the temperature of a crematorium. It's awful to say, but I don't think Dale every made it out of that building.
05-21-2012, 03:08 PM #5
Even if he was in on it, I think sadly that is where he ended up. This masked person pretty much made a perfect crime.Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.---Patrick Moynihan
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05-04-2013, 09:57 AM #6
for Dale, missing over 25 years now. Where is Dale Kerstetter?
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12-28-2015, 09:50 PM #7
Have recently run across this case what i find odd is the manager suggesting that him looking into the camera was a taunt .... First of all it is typical human behavior to want to believe the best in people unless there is a reason to think he would do something like this which in that case why was he still employed ?? Furthermore if he was indeed taunting them why just look at the camera? If I wanted someone to KNOW I was taking from them and wanted to also rub it in their face I think I would sarcastically wave or maybe even flip the camera off just looking into it doesn't indicate to me he is taunting anyone .... However I can't find this video to watch so I haven't seen it myself~*you never know how much you miss a person until you actually have to miss them*~
12-28-2015, 10:01 PM #8
Unless I'm having a false memory, wasn't this on Unsolved Mysteries and didn't they suggest that he might have been dumped into a vat of molten metal?This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.
12-28-2015, 10:13 PM #9
From what I understand yes it was on unsolved mysteries as far as the other I am not sure I only started reading about this case yesterday and there seems to be several theories but from what I can't tell no evidence to anything ... I've never seen that episode or the Video..~*you never know how much you miss a person until you actually have to miss them*~
12-29-2015, 10:42 AM #10
What happened to Erica Jayne Franolich?
Missing from Middleburgh, NY, October 1986
12-29-2015, 04:52 PM #11
That's probably right-thanks.This my opinion and to the best of my knowledge, that is, if I'm not joking.
12-29-2015, 10:16 PM #12
Yes I think that's correct I read a little bit about him while researching about dales case ... I think it was said someone either saw or thought they saw him in the vat. So many sad cases wish there could be answers to all of them~*you never know how much you miss a person until you actually have to miss them*~
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