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Dale Eugene Kelley

Two weeks after a man vanishes from California, his car is found in New Orleans

  • Last updated: September 27, 2023
  • Carmichael, CA
  • May 20, 1981

Overview of Dale Eugene Kelley

Sadly, very little is known about who Dale was and his disappearance.

On the morning of May 20, 1981 at around 8:00 am, Dale called his girlfriend. He later left his home in Carmichael, CA, driving his orange 1976 Toyota Celica, to visit his girlfriend in Los Angeles, CA. It is not known what time Dale may have left his home, but we do know that he never arrived. Some time after he left his home, Dale was reported missing to local authorities by his roommate.

Dale Eugene Kelley

Dale’s car is found across the country.

On June 4, 1981, only around 2 weeks after Dale vanished, his car, an orange Toyota Celica with California license plate number 598TIH was discovered in New Orleans, LA. Authorities are unsure why or how his car would have ended up in Louisiana.

Where the case stands today.

Today, Dale’s case remains unsolved with little information available to aid in authorities’ investigation.

At the time of his disappearance in 1981, Dale was described as a 21 year old caucasian man with brown hair and green eyes. Dale was about 5’10” tall and weighed approximately 165 lbs. He has a scar on his left knee and was clean-shaven at the time of his disappearance. The Doe Network also notes that Dale had "perfect teeth". Dale was last seen wearing a yellow tank top, medium-sized shirt, Brittania jeans and white high-top Converse sneakers. Today, Dale would be 61 years old.

If you have any information regarding Dale’s whereabouts or his disappearance, please contact the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office - Cold Case Investigations at (916) 874-5057.


  1. Date Missing:May 20, 1981
  2. Birthday:February 15, 1960
  3. Current Age:64
  4. Age at Incident:21
  5. NAMUS Number:MP5667
  6. Race:Caucasian / White
  7. Gender:Male
  8. Height:5'10"
  9. Weight:165 lbs
  10. Hair Color:Brown

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