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Monday, September 8, 2008

Monday4 the Missing, Bruce Falconer Missing since 1981

Bruce Falconer was a Marine from the time he was 16 years old, joining with his mother's approval. In 1981 he had just been promoted to sergeant and was home on leave in Bismark, South Dakota before leaving for Yuma, Arizona, catching up with old friends, including Tim Jewell.


The two of them went out the night of February 20, and hit a few bars, later going to a spot along the Missouri River known as the "Desert" in Bruce's Blazer. The evening did not turn out as Bruce and Tim had planned. What happened still remains a mystery which investigators have worked on for a long 27 years.

Bruce's mother, Dorothy, has said that after a long time with no results of searches, she made up her mind to not become a bitter, grieving woman for the sake of her remaining family. The Marines had Bruce declared dead five years after his disappearance.

In December, 1992 a hunter found skeletal remains in the "Desert" and investigators felt sure they were either Bruce Falconer or Tim Jewell. After dental records were checked it was determined that they were, in fact, the remains of Tim Jewell, and medical examiners determined that Tim had died of exposure.

Although much time had passed, Dorothy sobbed at Tim Jewell's funeral, still not able to rest in her own heart knowing that her son, Bruce, has still not been found. Investigators state that all possibilities are still being checked to this day, it is still an open investigation, and that they will not give up.

This must give Dorothy at least a small bit of comfort to know that there are those who will not forget her son, Bruce Falconer.



http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/f/falconer_bruce.html

http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2008/02/21/news/update/doc47be0189012ad845326056.txt

http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2008/02/23/news/topnews/149492.txt

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3699dmnd.html

http://mothersarevanishing.blogspot.com

http://peace4missing.ning.com

2 comments:

mammabear said...

"Bruce's mother, Dorothy, has said that after a long time with no results of searches, she made up her mind to not become a bitter, grieving woman for the sake of her remaining family. The Marines had Bruce declared dead five years after his disappearance."
That HAD to be a most difficult decision to make. Thank you for covering this, Delilah.

Anonymous said...

I'm Bruce's Niece, and I can say from personal knowledge how this was on the entire family. The day the story on the discovery of Tim's bones came out, my grandmother, Dorothy Falconer, received a phone call from a stranger. The stranger claimed that she had heard gunshots the night of my uncle's disappearance. The fact that this information chose to suface more than 20 years after the incident caused an outrage in my grandma.

Bruce will always be in our hearts, but the hardest part is never having the closure. Especially with the wounds being ripped open with information that can no longer be used to help.

We all miss you Bruce, you'll always have a family who loves you, in life and death.




On a ridiculously small footnote, he is from Bismark, North Dakota, not South.

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