Missing Colorado teen found and identified after 39 years

David Arthur Stack, 18, has been missing from Broomfield, Colo. since June 1976.  He planned to visit one of his seven siblings in Berkely, Calif. but he never made it there and was never heard from again. 

On June 10, 1976, a body of a man with shoulder-length hair was found at a landfill in Windover, Utah with two gunshots wounds to his head.  The man had no identification on him and he was buried at the Tooele City Cemetery as a John Doe.

Now after almost 40 years authorities know that the John Doe they buried was David Stack. 

The Tooele County County Sheriff’s office was receiving training sessions on the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System database when they came across a possible match between John Doe and Stack from Dental records.

In May, John Doe was exhumed and DNA was collected.   On Monday, Aug. 10, 2015 the samples were confirmed to belong to Stack.

Although detectives have a solved missing person case, they now have an unsolved homicide and will continue  the investigation. 

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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