Missing and Never Forgotten
Arthur P. Deering
Missing Since: June 20, 1998 from Beacon, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: January 29, 1952
Height: 5'11" 6'0"
Weight: 190 - 200 lbs.
Hair Color: Gray/White
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Characteristics: Deering has a large scar
on his left leg. He has a tattoo of a heart on his upper right arm.
Deering may have a full beard. He was missing two of his uppe
r front teeth in 1998. Deering walks with a limp. Deering is a veteran
of the Vietnam War; he served in the Marines.
Medical Conditions: Deering suffers from post-traumatic
stress disorder due to his experiences in the Vietnam War. He suffers
nightmares and delusions as a result. He is required to take medication
for his condition; if he does not, he may exhibit paranoid tendencies.
Deering is also diabetic. He is classified as disabled.
AKA: His nicknames are "Art" and/or "Artie."
Details of Disappearance
Deering was last seen at approximately 8:00 PM on June 20, 1998 when an friend dropped him off at the Metro North train station in Beacon, New York. He was ill and was supposed to be en route to Montrose Veterans' Administration (VA) Hospital at the time. Deering was receiving continuing treatment at the hospital during the summer of 1998. He had been discharged from his in-patient status on June 12, eight days prior to his disappearance, after a six-week in-patient stay. Deering was carrying a large-sized black plastic bag with most of his personal belongings inside of it at the station. Deering never arrived at the hospital and has not been heard from again. His sister reported him missing on June 25, five days after his disappearance.
Deering's vehicle was discovered abandoned on Spring Valley Street in Beacon several days after he vanished. There was no sign of Deering at the scene. His sister had planned on assisting him with locating an apartment in Kingston, New York during the week of his disappearance. Deering had previously lived in Kingston from 1996 until the summer of 1998. He also lived in Memphis, Tennessee and North Carolina in the past. Deering may have traveled to Tennessee, eastern North Carolina or Florida.
He may be disoriented. He is interested in music and motorcycles. Deering often wears t-shirts displaying POW (Prisoner Of War), MIA (Missing In Action) or Harley Davidson logos / emblems. He was last seen wearing a black POW shirt and blue jeans. He was previously employed as a carpenter. Deering's case remains unsolved. His family believes he may be living on the streets.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Beacon City Police Department
New York State Police
Arthur Deering:Missing Person
The Times Herald-Record NCMA
Charlaine Michaelis: Forensic Artist