How did 60-year-old artist David Riemens vanish without a trace?
The Tennessee resident was a renowned craftsman and a beloved member of his tight community. Along with close friends in Tennessee, David has a large and loving family in Michigan. On the day he disappeared, he had planned to drive from Tennessee to Michigan to see his five younger siblings.
In the nearly four years since David was last seen, police have found little evidence and more questions than answers have been raised. Below, we review the biggest questions explored in tonight’s episode of Disappeared:
Who Was David Meeting With Before Leaving Town?
David was a renowned stone and rock mason, with acclaimed works across Wilson County, Tennessee. Before his planned trip to see his family in Michigan, David had set up a meeting with a contractor. Given his notoriety, it’s not unusual that he would meet with someone to discuss a possible job. But the big question remains — who exactly was David meeting?
“Everything that we’ve investigated leads me to believe that whoever this person is that he had intentions of going to meet didn’t turn out the way he thought it was going to turn out,” said Detective Robert “B.J.” Stafford with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department. Someone knows who David was supposed to meet and investigators hope that that person will come forward.
Why Did David Leave His Truck Behind?
Friends reported that David’s pick-up truck was left at the local Dollar General store. And a friend of David’s report seeing him at the store in the hours before he was supposed to drive to Michigan. What happen after his last sighting and why was his car abandoned?
Those close to David insist that he would never leave his truck without explanation. And even more perplexing, when police went to check on his car after David was reported missing, the doors were locked. David’s friends insist that he never locked the doors of his truck.
Complicating the investigation, David was a free spirit and lived without a cell phone, credit card or computer. Most of David’s clients came through word of mouth and he did not keep a digital log of his job leads. Despite not adopting modern means of communication, David did check-in daily with the couple who owned the farm where he lived.
CCTV footage from inside the store confirmed that he did not enter the building. Sadly, the parking lot does not have a camera, so there is no footage of David to confirm who he met.
Was David Involved In A Car Accident?
Early in the investigation, many theorized that David got in the car with the contractor he was schedule to meet. Tracking dogs followed David’s scent for about 8 feet from where his car was parked, indicating that he likely entered a second vehicle before leaving the area.
But without any nearby evidence of a crash, it is unlikely that David got in an accident. Instead, many believe that someone intentionally made David disappear. A few days before David left he took out a significant amount of cash to use while driving to and from Michigan. Did someone see David withdrawal that money and take violent action to steal it?
Did David Follow His Dream Of An Alternative Lifestyle?
Some of David’s friends theorize that he followed-thru with his admiration for the hobo lifestyle. In the months leading to his disappearance, David had been painting romanticized scenes of free-living hobos. The idea that David intentionally dropped out of the society and is leaving a peaceful life off the grid provides comfort to some and confusion to others. David’s family insists that he would not put them through this agony on purpose and assert that he always sent letters to them despite his aversion to phones and email.
Those close to case insist that someone knows what happened to David. Hopefully, increased awareness about his disappearance will help bring resolution to David’s many friends and family.
If you know anything about the case, call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department at 615-444-1412.
Friends and family set up a Facebook page which features the latest news on the case.
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