Clue Surfaces In Iowa Man's Disappearance Decades Ago

Photo: Dubuque Iowa PD

(Dubuque, Iowa) -- A car, belonging to an Iowa man reported missing more than 30 years ago has been found. Dubuque Police say the 1981 Mercury Zephyr, belonging to Paul Knockel has been pulled out of the Mississippi River near the Hawthorne Boat Ramp in Dubuque.

Knockel was reported missing on November 25, 1990. No human remains were found in the car.

Knockel, who was single, was reported missing after failing to attend a family Thanksgiving dinner. Relatives found his wallet, watch, and shoes at his house, but his car was gone.

Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to contact Investigator Corporal Clark Egdorf at 563-589-4430 or Anonymous tips can be submitted online via the Dubuque Police Department’s Official Page: or by calling Dubuque/Jo Daviess Crime Stoppers at (800)747-0117.

Photo: Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse

Knockel's 1981 Mercury ZephyrPhoto: WHO TV

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