Dennis Vern Kunkel
Kunkel, approximately 2010
Date reported missing : 05/18/2010
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 04/19/1966 (55)
Age at the time of disappearance: 44 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0 - 6'1, 165 - 185 pounds
Medical conditions : Kunkel had been addicted to drugs in the past, but he was in recovery at the time of his disappearance and hadn't shown any signs of relapse.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Kunkel may go by his middle name, Vern. His nickname is Den. He has very straight teeth.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Kunkel was last seen in Medina, Ohio on May 18, 2010. He saw his brother that day and said he didn't feel well, and took a nap. He was gone by 4:00 p.m. He was supposed to meet with his mother and stepfather the next day so he could help move their boat, but he never showed up. He has never been heard from again.
On May 22, Kunkel's silver Chevrolet pickup truck was found abandoned at a Subway in the 5100 block of Manchester Road in Akron, Ohio, just south of the PortAge at the time of disappearance: Lakes State Park entrance. It was locked and there were no indications of foul play.
Prior to his disappearance, Kunkel kept in daily contact with his family; it's uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. He had a stump-grinding business and is a good handyman. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Medina Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Ohio Attorney General's Office
The Akron Beacon Journal
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October 12, 2004. May 5, 2011; alternate Height / Weight : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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