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Missing Walter Andrew Cierley
Cierley, circa 1998
Missing Since 07/01/1998
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 12/31/1909 (111)
Age 88 years old
Height and Weight 5'8, 170 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes. Cierley wears a full set of dentures.
Details of Disappearance Cierley was last seen sometime during July 1998 when his nephew, John Henry Shipman, helped him move out of his Prineville, Oregon apartment. Shipman later told people that Cierley was traveling around the country in a motor home. He has never been heard from again.
Police discovered that Shipman was cashing both Brewster and Cierley's Social Security benefit checks after they disappeared. When they tried to arrest him on some unrelated domestic violence charges in September 2001, he killed himself with a shotgun. Federal indictments related to the check-cashing were pending against him when he died.
Although Shipman never admitted to involvement in his mother and uncle's disappearances, authorities believe he murdered them both and buried their bodies somewhere in central Oregon.
Brewster and Cierley have never been located. Foul play is suspected in their cases due to the circumstances involved.
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