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PA DALE KERSTETTER: Missing from Bradford, PA - 13 Sept 1987 - Age 50

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Sunburst, Mar 25, 2016.

  1. Sunburst

    Sunburst Bronze Member

    He had worked as a security guard for Corning Glass Works for 27 years. The night he disappeared, he was scheduled to work the 11pm-7am shift. The PA state police, the FBI, and Bradford LE are all investigating his disappearance. A few days after his disappearance, it was discovered that platinum worth $250,000 was also missing from the Corning Glass Works plant. In 1990, a judge refused his daughter's petition to have him declared legally dead, citing, among other reasons, that not enough time had passed to consider him dead. Kerstetter is listed as endangered missing.

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/29426/0/

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/4921dmpa.html
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    From Doenetwork: "Between midnight and 1:00 a.m., while Kerstetter was the only guard on duty, video cameras in operation at the plant recorded an unidentified, masked man entering the plant who was approached by Kerstetter. The two men met in a corridor, where they spoke for a short time. Another camera later recorded an unidentified man entering the platinum area. The next day, Kerstetter was reported missing.

    Several days later, it was discovered that platinum having a value of $250,000 also was missing. The amount of platinum removed from the plant was such that it could have been carried easily by one person. The investigation showed no sign of forced entry, and there was no evidence that a struggle had occurred. Kerstetter's gun was found to be missing from its holster, which was in Kerstetter's truck in the parking lot. However, there was no evidence that any gun had been fired."


    Age:
    50 years old
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 130 lbs.
    Hair Color: Brown, graying with a receding hairline.
    Eye Color: Brown

    DNA sample available, not yet submitted
    Dental records available, no FPs

    http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/...ng-from-bradford-pa-13-sept-1987-age-50.1345/

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  2. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    The cameras showed the unidentified man coming and going, but not Dale?
     
  3. Sunburst

    Sunburst Bronze Member

    If the gun was missing from the holster, how do they know it wasn't fired? If someone confronts a masked intruder in a hallway, wouldn't that person at least try to punch or kick the intruder?
     
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  4. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaLostnmissing/photos/?tab=album&album_id=830682730361378

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    Dale Kerstetter - 9/13/87 - Bradford PA (Mckean County)
    Updated over a year ago
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    #MISSING Dale Kerstetter – September 13, 1987– Bradford, Pennsylvania (Mckean County)

    50-year-old security guard and maintenance man DALE KERSTETTER had worked for 27 years at the Corning Glassworks plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania. On September 13, 1987 $250,000 worth of platinum pipe vanished from the plant and Dale Kerstetter was never seen again. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT the Bradford Township Police Department (Pennsylvania) at 1-814-368-3564.

    Age Last Seen: 50 years old
    Date Last Seen: September 13, 1987
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Height: 5’4”
    Weight: 130 lbs.
    Hair Color: Receding Gray or Partially Gray
    Eye Color: Brown

    Investigating Agency: Bradford Township Police Department 1-814-368-3564
    Case # BT871209

    Circumstances:
    On September 12, 1987, Kerstetter, who had been employed as a security guard by Corning Glass Works, Inc for 27-years, was assigned to work the 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift. He was supposed to check in every hour, but did not do so. Between midnight and 1:00 a.m., while Kerstetter was the only guard on duty, video cameras in operation at the plant recorded that an unidentified, masked man entered the plant and was approached by Kerstetter. The two men met in a corridor, where they spoke for a short time. Another camera later recorded an unidentified man entering the platinum area. The next day, Kerstetter was reported missing. Several days later it was discovered that platinum having a value of $250,000 was also missing. Investigation disclosed no sign of forced entry, and there was no evidence that a struggle had occurred. Kerstetter's gun was found to be missing from its holster, which was in Kerstetter's truck in the parking lot. However, there was no evidence that any gun had been fired. The amount of platinum removed from the plant was such that it could have been carried easily by one person. The disappearance of the platinum and also of Kerstetter is the subject of continuing investigations by the Bradford Township Police, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Kerstetter has not been seen or heard from since September 13, 1987.

    His pick-up truck was left in the parking lot of the plant. 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.

    ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT the Bradford Township Police Department (Pennsylvania) at 1-814-368-3564

    NamUs MP # 29426
    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/29426/1/

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  6. Akoya

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    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/29426/1/

    NamUs MP # 29426
    Dale Kerstetter
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    Mckean County, Pennsylvania
    50 year old white male

    Case Report - NamUs MP # 29426

    Case Information
    Status Missing
    First name Dale
    Middle name
    Last name Kerstetter
    Nickname/Alias
    Date last seen September 13, 1987 00:00
    Date entered 07/10/2015
    Age last seen 50 to years old
    Age now 79 years old
    Race White
    Ethnicity
    Sex Male
    Height (inches) 64.0
    Weight (pounds) 130.0

    Circumstances
    City Bradford
    State Pennsylvania
    Zip code 16701
    County Mckean
    Circumstances
    On September 12, 1987, Kerstetter who had been employed as a security guard by Corning Glass Works, Inc for 27-years. was assigned to work the 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift. He was supposed to check in every hour, but did not do so. Between midnight and 1:00 a.m., while Kerstetter was the only guard on duty, video cameras in operation at the plant recorded that an unidentified, masked man entered the plant and was approached by Kerstetter. The two men met in a corridor, where they spoke for a short time. Another camera later recorded an unidentified man entering the platinum area. The next day, Kerstetter was reported missing. Several days later it was discovered that platinum having a value of $250,000 was also missing. Investigation disclosed no sign of forced entry, and there was no evidence that a struggle had occurred. Kerstetter's gun was found to be missing from its holster, which was in Kerstetter's truck in the parking lot. However, there was no evidence that any gun had been fired. The amount of platinum removed from the plant was such that it could have been carried easily by one person. The disappearance of the platinum and also of Kerstetter are the subjects of continuing investigations by the Bradford Township Police, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Kerstetter has not been seen or heard from since September 13, 1987.

    Physical
    Hair color Gray or Partially Gray
    Head hair
    Receding.
    Body hair

    Facial hair

    Left eye color Brown
    Right eye color Brown

    Vehicle comments
    His pick-up truck was left in the parking lot of the plant. 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.

    Dental
    Status: Dental information / charting is available and entered

    DNA
    Status: Sample available - Not yet submitted

    Fingerprint Information
    Status: Fingerprint information is currently not available

    Investigating Agency
    Title Trooper
    First name David
    Last name Ray
    Phone (814) 938-0532
    Website
    Case number C05-0270517
    Date reported September 13, 1987
    Jurisdiction State
    Agency Pennsylvania State Police
    Address 1 485 North Findley Street
    Address 2
    City Punxysutawney
    State Pennsylvania
    Zip code 15767
     
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  7. Akoya

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  8. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://www.nampn.org/cases/kerstetter_dale.html

    North American Missing Persons Network

    Dale Kerstetter

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    Above Images: Kerstetter




    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance


    • Missing Since: September 13, 1987 from Bradford, Mckean County, Pennsylvania
    • Classification: Missing
    • Age: 50
    • Height: 5'4"
    • Weight: 130 lbs.
    • Hair Color: Gray
    • Eye Color: Brown
    • Race/Ethnicity: White
    • Sex: Male
    • Case Number: C05-0270517
    • Details of Disappearance
      Kerstetter was last seen on Saturday, September 12, 1987 at 11 p.m. when reporting for his weekend shift. He worked as a maintenance man and a security guard at Corning Glass Works, an 112,000 square foot electronics manufacturing plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania. The next morning, September 13, a fellow security guard, John Lindquist, found Kerstetter's lunch pail, newspaper and keys on a cafeteria table. Kerstetter had been employed by Corning Glass Works, Inc for 27-years, and was assigned to work the 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift. He was supposed to check in every hour, but did not do so.

      Between midnight and 1:00 a.m., while Kerstetter was the only guard on duty, video cameras in operation at the plant recorded that an unidentified, masked man entered the plant and was approached by Kerstetter. The two men met in a corridor, where they spoke for a short time. Kerstetter looked directly into the security camera. Authorities do not know if Kerstetter was signaling for help. Another camera later recorded an unidentified man entering the platinum area. A third view shows the masked person wheeling out a large bag. It is unknown if that the bag contained the missing platinum and/or Kerstetter himself.

      The next day, Kerstetter was reported missing. Several days later it was discovered that platinum having a value of $250,000 was also missing. Investigation disclosed no sign of forced entry, and there was no evidence that a struggle had occurred.

      Kerstetter's truck was still in the parking lot. A search of the truck showed that Kerstetter's truck keys were still in the ignition. A carton of cigarettes, a gun holster for a .22 caliber pistol (which has never been recovered) and Kerstetter's day pack were in the vehicle. No other sign of Kerstetter was found in or around the plant.

      The disappearance of the platinum and also of Kerstetter are the subjects of continuing investigations by the Bradford Township Police, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

      Kerstetter has not been seen or heard from since September 13, 1987. His family does not feel he would have just disappeared, since he was close to his 6 daughters and his son, as well as his 2 grandchildren.
    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police
    (814) 938-0532
     
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  9. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://unsolved.com/archives/dale-kerstetter

    Dale Kerstetter
    Did a missing employee steal half a million in platinum from a glass plant?

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    His truck was found abandoned

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    He left keys, a packed lunch, and cigarettes

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    Security cameras captured a masked man

    CASE DETAILS

    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:

    "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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  10. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://mckeancountycoldcases.weebly...and-the-disappearance-of-dale-kerstetter.html

    Corning Platinum Theft and the Disappearance of Dale Kerstetter
    Bradford, PA


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    Kerstetter was last seen on Saturday, September 12, 1987 at 11 p.m. when reporting for his weekend shift. He worked as a maintenance man and a security guard at Corning Glass Works, an 112,000 square foot electronics manufacturing plant in Bradford, Pennsylvania. The next morning, September 13, a fellow security guard, John Lindquist, found Kerstetter's lunch pail, newspaper and keys on a cafeteria table.


    Security guards at the plant were supposed to check in with the headquarters desk in Corning, NY every hour during their shift. It was discovered that Kerstetter never checked in that night. Corning claims that a new employee was working the check-in desk that shift and was unfamiliar with the protocols.

    A search of the area was initiated. Kerstetter's truck was still in the parking lot. A search of the truck showed that Kerstetter's truck keys were still in the ignition. A carton of cigarettes, a gun holster for a .22 caliber pistol (which has never been recovered) and Kerstetter's day pack were in the vehicle. No other sign of Kerstetter was found in or around the plant.


    A police dog from the Cattaraugus County (NY) Sheriff’s Department was called in.It traced Kerstetter's scent to the second floor of the plant where the glass furnace was located. This area was not part of Kerstetter's normal security rounds. They discovered that approximately $250,000 worth of platinum pipe was missing. The platinum was used in the manufacturing of electronic components.

    An examination of security tapes from three security cameras showed a masked person in the back of the plant. In one view, the masked person was seen around the area where the platinum was missing. In a second, Kerstetter was seen talking to the masked person. As both Kerstetter and the masked person walked out of the second floor, Kerstetter looked directly into the security camera. Authorities do not know if Kerstetter was signaling for help or perhaps flaunting a crime. A third view shows the masked person wheeling out a large bag. It is unknown if that the bag contained the missing platinum and/or Kerstetter himself (dead or alive).

    There has been much speculation over whether Kerstetter was a murder/kidnapping victim or a willing accomplice to burglary.Investigators have stated that Kerstetter had recently taken a $5000-$7000 pay cut due to cutbacks at the plant, and was said to be $30,000-$40,000 in arrears on various payments.His family has stated they believe that his debt was manageable, and that he also had investments in the company.They also do not feel he would have just disappeared, since he was close to his 6 daughters and his son, as well as his 2 grandchildren.



    This case remains unsolved to this day.



    Note: shortly after this incident, the facility was sold to Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. of Malvern, Pennsylvania. Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. was the parent company of Bradford Electronics. A portion of the facility was sold to Bradford Economic Development. The Pepperell Braiding Company currently occupies the building that was sold. Bradford Electronics operated the facility until 2002 when the Facility was decommissioned. The site remained vacant until Bradford Electronics sold the property in 2006 to Bob Cummins Construction Company. The property is currently used by Cummins Company for non-residential use, most recently by Universal Well Service.
     
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  11. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    http://mckeancountycoldcases.weebly...and-the-disappearance-of-dale-kerstetter.html

    Brief Bio: Dale Kerstetter

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    Occupation: Security guard and maintenance man at Corning Glass Works in Bradford, PA for 27 years
    Date Of Birth: March 7, 1937 (50 at time of disappearance)
    Height: 5'4"
    Weight: 130 lbs.
    Marital Status: divorced
    Characteristics: blue eyes with receding brown/gray hair. Smoker.
    Family: 6 daughters, 1 son, 2 grandchildren (at the time)

    Quotes from key people in this case

    (as stated on http://unsolved.com/archives/dale-kerstetter)

    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:

    "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."

    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."


    he family's appeal to have Kerstetter declared legally deceased was initially rejected (12-04-1990):

    IN RE KERSTETTER

    IN RE KERSTETTER
    399 Pa.Super. 632 (1990)582 A.2d 1122
    In re Dale KERSTETTER. Appeal of Wendy KERSTETTER.
    Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.Filed December 4, 1990.
    James N. Bryant, Millheim, for appellant.William J. Kubiak, Bradford, for Corning, participating party.Before ROWLEY, WIEAND and HUDOCK, JJ.WIEAND, Judge:This appeal is from an order dismissing a petition to declare Dale Kerstetter dead.On September 12, 1987, Kerstetter was employed as a security guard by Corning, Inc. and wasassigned to work the 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. shift. Between midnight and 1:00 a.m., whileKerstetter was the only guard on duty, video cameras in operation at the plant recorded that anunidentified, masked man entered the plant and was approached by Kerstetter. The two men metin a corridor, where they spoke for a short time. Another camera later recorded an unidentifiedman entering the platinum area. The next day, Kerstetter was reported missing. Several days laterit was discovered that platinum having a value of $250,000.00 was also missing. Investigationdisclosed no sign of forced entry, and there was no evidence that a struggle had occurred.Kerstetter's gun was found to be missing from its holster, which was in Kerstetter's truck in the parking lot. However, there was no evidence that any gun had been fired. The amount of platinum removed from the plant was such that it could have been carried easily by one person.The disappearance of the platinum and also of Kerstetter are the subjects of continuinginvestigations by the Bradford Township Police, the Pennsylvania State Police and the FederalBureau of Investigation. Kerstetter has not been seen or heard from since September 13, 1987.
    [399 Pa. Superior Ct. 634]
    A petition to have Kerstetter declared dead was filed by Wendy Kerstetter, one of his sixchildren, in order that a minor son might receive his father's pension and life insurance benefitsas well as workmen's compensation payments. Corning, Inc., the employer, was permitted tointervene in order to assert its contention that Kerstetter had been a participant in the theft of the platinum. Evidence showed that Kerstetter had been experiencing financial difficulties at thetime of the theft


     
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    continued

    The trial court determined that the petitioner had failed to prove by a fair preponderance of theevidence that her father had met with a specific, life-threatening peril and, because less thanseven (7) years had elapsed following his disappearance, dismissed the petition. The petitionerfiled exceptions, but these were denied. This appeal followed.Exceptions, or more properly a motion for post-trial relief, were properly filed. The statute, at 20Pa.C.S. § 5701(a), permits the court of the county in which the missing person resided to decreehis or her death "upon the petition of any party in interest." Pursuant to 20 Pa.C.S. § 711(11), theinstant petition was filed in the Orphans' Court Division of the Court of Common Pleas ofMcKean County. The Orphans' Court, however, transferred the petition to the civil division,where a contested hearing was held. See:
    Maley v. Pennsylvania R.R. Co.,
    258 Pa. 73, 101 A.911 (1917) (common pleas court has jurisdiction over the determination of the fact of death byreason of absence where the object is not to distribute an estate). See also:
    Locke v. Duff,
    1 Pa. D.& C. 2d 121 (Wash., 1955) (same); Hunter, Pennsylvania Orphans' Court Commonplace Book,Absentees and Presumed Decedents, § 1 (Rights of beneficiaries of life insurance, etc. aredetermined by common pleas court). The note to Pa.R.C.P. 227.1(c) suggests that a "motion for post-trial relief may not be filed to matters governed exclusively by the rules of petition practice." The instant proceedings, however, were not, strictly speaking, governed exclusively byrules of petition practice. Rather, the instant proceedings were governed by rules applicable to
    [399 Pa. Superior Ct. 635]
    non-jury trials. The petition served merely to bring before the court an entirely new and separateaction for relief, which the Orphans' Court division transferred to the civil division, where it washeard in the same manner as other non-jury matters. We conclude, therefore, that the post-trial procedure followed by appellant was appropriate. Appellant's right of appeal was not lost by herfailure to file an immediate appeal from the court's initial order. See:
    McNulty v. General American Life Ins. Co.,
    153 Pa.Super. 288, 33 A.2d 796 (1943) (following non-jury trial, motionfor judgment on whole record dismissed and appeal taken from judgment entered on finding of presumed death from seven (7) year unexplained absence);
    Ryan v. Prudential Ins. Co. of America,
    135 Pa.Super. 166, 4 A.2d 812 (1939) (following non-jury trial, motion for j.n.o.v.denied and appeal taken from judgment entered on finding of presumed death).A decree that a missing person is dead is authorized by 20 Pa.C.S. § 5701. The circumstances permitting such a decree are recited in subsections (b) and (c) as follows:(b) Presumption from absence.

    When the death of a person or the date thereof is in issue, hisunexplained absence from his last known place of residence and the fact that he has beenunheard of for seven years may be a sufficient ground for finding that he died seven years afterhe was last heard of. (c) Exposure to specific peril.

    The fact that an absentee was exposed to aspecific peril of death may be sufficient ground for finding that he died less than seven yearsafter he was last heard of.In the instant case, it is clear that seven years have not elapsed since Kerstetter disappearedwithout explanation. During the period following his disappearance, therefore, there continues a presumption of life. See:
    Groner v. Knights of Maccabees,
    265 Pa. 129, 133, 108 A. 437, 438(1919);
    Young v. Sweigart,
    69 Pa.Super. 525, 528 (1918). The burden of showing that Kerstetter

    had been exposed to an earlier peril of death was on the petitioner.
    Herold v. Washington National Ins. Co.,
    128 Pa.Super. 563, 194 A.
    [399 Pa. Superior Ct. 636]
    687 (1937). See also:
    Sherman v. Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Co.,
    191 Minn. 607, 255 N.W. 113 (1934). This required proof by a fair preponderance of the evidence that the absent person had been exposed to a specific peril of death. "To accelerate the presumption from time,or more properly to turn it from an artificial into a natural one, it is necessary to bring the personwithin the range of a particular and immediate danger."
    Fanning, Adm'x. v. Equitable Life Assurance Society,
    264 Pa. 333, 338, 107 A. 715, 716 (1919), quoting
    Burr v. Sim,
    4 Whart. 150,171 (1839). In the absence of evidence from which the occurrence of death on a specific date can be inferred, the presumption of life must prevail.In the instant case, the trial court which heard the case found that the evidence was insufficient to permit a determination that Kerstetter had been killed during a theft of platinum on September13, 1987. This finding is consistent with applicable legal principles and does not suggest anabuse of discretion. Appellant's evidence was not so weighty that it could be said withconfidence that Dale Kerstetter died on September 13, 1987. There was no evidence that ashooting had occurred or even that firearms had been involved in the theft of the platinum. Therealso was no evidence that a struggle of any kind had occurred. Kerstetter's role in the theft, ifany, was unknown and was still under active investigation by police agencies. The mere fact that platinum appeared to have been stolen and that a masked person appeared on videotape andspoke with Kerstetter on September 13, 1987 did not alone suggest a specific peril likely to causedeath. Indeed, the evidence can as readily be interpreted as creating an inference that (1)Kerstetter disappeared voluntarily after having cooperated with an unknown intruder whoremoved the platinum or (2) that he was abducted by the intruder and is still alive. Thesecircumstances are not at all comparable to those in cases where death was declared because of aspecific peril. See:
    Continental Life Ins. Co. v. Searing,
    240 F. 653 (3rd Cir. 1917) (drowning insurf);
    Fanning, Adm'x. v. Equitable
    [399 Pa. Superior Ct. 637]
    Life Assurance Society, supra
    (firefighter fighting raging forest fire);
    Herold v. Washington National Life Ins. Co., supra
    (drowning in ocean);
    Silverstein Estate,
    64 Pa. D. & C. 174 (Phila.,1948) (pilot shot down in World War II);
    Meadville Production Credit Ass'n. v. Haskell,
    40 D. &C. 145 (Erie, 1939) (suicide notes followed by disappearance at Niagara Falls);
    Wheelock Estate,
    5 Fid. Rep. 553 (Montg., 1955) (death at sea during "severe storm of hurricane proportions");
    York Estate,
    3 Fid.Rep. 1 (Lehigh, 1952) (disappearance of small plane in violent storm ofhurricane proportions);
    Hill Trust,
    1 Fid.Rep. 606 (Montg., 1951) (civilian victim of bombing);
    Kleinhofer Estate,
    1 Fid. Rep. 389 (Montg., 1951) (pilot shot down in World War II).The circumstances shown by the evidence in this case fully support the trial court's decision.Appellant failed to prove a specific peril of death sufficient to overcome the presumption of lifewhich continued during the two and one-half year period between Kerstetter's disappearance andthe trial court's decision.Order affirmed.
     
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  15. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Kerstetter disappearance, missing platinum more than 30 years ago still an open case

    It’s perhaps Bradford’s most well known unsolved mystery: What happened to Dale Kerstetter and a quarter-million-dollars worth of platinum missing from Corning Glassworks?


    “I realize it’s 30 years later, but I’m hoping somebody that used to work there would know something. Maybe a child of someone who used to work there would know something.

    “Maybe there’s somebody out there who knows something.”



    Heather Graupmann runs a website called “lost n found blog,” and she has documented the case, interviewed family members and investigators and reviewed what she could find on the case.

    On her blog, she wrote that when no one had been able to find a trace of Kerstetter by 5 p.m. on Sunday, police were called in. “Dogs were brought in to help with the search of the vast 112,000-square-foot facility.”

    Kerstetter’s scent was found around the facility, but also near the glass kiln — not part of his security patrol.

    Four days after Kerstetter went missing, the company’s security cameras were checked. Kerstetter was on the camera, but so was a masked intruder, Graupmann wrote. Company officials realized more than just Kerstetter was missing — so were platinum rods used to line the glass kiln.



    At the end of the surveillance footage, the masked man “is seen pushing a large, heavy bag on a hand truck.”

    Graupmann theorized that Kerstetter’s body may have been in the bag with the stolen platinum, which probably weighed about 36 pounds, police said.

    She stated, too, that a prevailing theory had been that Kerstetter was killed and his body was dumped in the kiln. However, the kiln hadn’t been used in some time, and had it been operating, it would not have been possible to remove the platinum, she said, recounting information from the state police.



    The television show “Unsolved Mysteries” featured the case. Plenty of tips were called in, but nothing ever panned out, Penny Kerstetter said.

    She’s given up hope that her father is alive.

    Over the past three decades, her family has considered every theory and pondered the mystery from all angles. Was the family’s patriarch — the father of six — in on the theft? Was he an innocent victim?

    “Somebody out there knows something,” Penny Kerstetter said.

    When asked her opinion of what transpired all those years ago, she said, “I think he knew who the person was that came in. I don’t think he expected to die that night. I don’t know if he was involved in it or not, but he knew who it was.”

    The case is still considered open, she said, referring a reporter to Bradford Township Police.

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  17. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.muckrock.com/foi/bradfo...1n5Lh_-yvuE0LfEIm1Z1FoTgu1tA0HEZo#file-801454

    To Whom It May Concern:

    Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

    Respectfully, this is a request for the release of the original surveillance video from the Dale Kerstetter disappearance in September of 1987. According to several news reports, the Bradford Township Police Department is in possession of a grainy surveillance video from 1987. This is a request for the release of that video, using the logic that the case is very cold, and that the release of the video could generate additional leads.

    Some additional background:

    Kerstetter was a security guard at Corning Glassworks who disappeared around September 12th of 1987. The Corning Glassworks factory was robbed of platinum at the same time.

    There is a video from the night of the Kerstetter disappearance that shows him and a masked intruder. A reenactment of this video was shown during an episode of the television program "Unsolved Mysteries" that aired several years after Mr. Kerstetter's disappearance.

    This case remains unsolved, and is a topic of conversation on countless internet forums, podcasts, and YouTube videos. Mr. Kerstetter's family has taken to giving interviews
    where they acknowledge that Mr. Kerstetter is either dead, or was complicit in the crime.

    This blog post features an interview with the family, and a discussion as to why the original surveillance video was never released: https://lostnfoundblogs.com/f/dale-kerstetter-gone-platinum

    This is a request to:

    Bradford Township Police Department
    136 Hemlock Street
    Bradford, PA 16701

    Business Phone Number: 814-368-6906
    Email: btpd@atlanticbb.net
    Website: https://bradfordtwpmckeancnty.jimdo.com/bradford-township-police-department/

    The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

    In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

    Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

    Sincerely,

    Robert Delaware
     
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  18. Akoya

    Akoya Bronze Member

    https://www.muckrock.com/foi/bradfo...1n5Lh_-yvuE0LfEIm1Z1FoTgu1tA0HEZo#file-801454

    To Whom It May Concern:

    Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Right to Know Act, I hereby request the following records:

    Respectfully, this is a request for the release of the original surveillance video from the Dale Kerstetter disappearance in September of 1987. According to several news reports, the Bradford Township Police Department is in possession of a grainy surveillance video from 1987. This is a request for the release of that video, using the logic that the case is very cold, and that the release of the video could generate additional leads.

    Some additional background:

    Kerstetter was a security guard at Corning Glassworks who disappeared around September 12th of 1987. The Corning Glassworks factory was robbed of platinum at the same time.

    There is a video from the night of the Kerstetter disappearance that shows him and a masked intruder. A reenactment of this video was shown during an episode of the television program "Unsolved Mysteries" that aired several years after Mr. Kerstetter's disappearance.

    This case remains unsolved, and is a topic of conversation on countless internet forums, podcasts, and YouTube videos. Mr. Kerstetter's family has taken to giving interviews
    where they acknowledge that Mr. Kerstetter is either dead, or was complicit in the crime.

    This blog post features an interview with the family, and a discussion as to why the original surveillance video was never released: https://lostnfoundblogs.com/f/dale-kerstetter-gone-platinum

    This is a request to:

    Bradford Township Police Department
    136 Hemlock Street
    Bradford, PA 16701

    Business Phone Number: 814-368-6906
    Email: btpd@atlanticbb.net
    Website: https://bradfordtwpmckeancnty.jimdo.com/bradford-township-police-department/

    The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

    In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

    Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

    Sincerely,

    Robert Delaware
     
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  19. Sunburst

    Sunburst Bronze Member

    Just MOO, but I don't think an employee of 27 years who still works at a company is suddenly going to take off with the employer's property worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.
     
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  20. Mel70

    Mel70 Bronze Member

    Yeah. This Case is confusing to say the least. Some Employees of that long have done similar things. Maybe he had a partner. The missing Gun. But no shots appear to have been fired. And then I also feel he was an unwilling Victim. No reports of him being unhappy. Even if he was in on it, I think he was betrayed and Murdered. For this to have happened so long ago and no trace. He would now be the same age as my own Dad. And he could have been easily overpowered at 5'4 130 Lbs.
     
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