Donald Arlen Ping
Ping, approximately 2002
Date reported missing : 01/25/2002
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 08/20/1959 (61)
Age at the time of disappearance: 42 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1, 165 - 178 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Gray slacks, a black jacket, a black tie, a dark-colored parka, dark-colored socks and black loafers.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Ping's left ear is pierced and is right heel has been previously crushed. He has burn scars on his left shoulder and the left side of his neck. Ping's nickname is Donnie.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Ping was last seen at approximately 6:00 p.m. on January 25, 2002, leaving his place of work, Elder-Beerman, in the vicinity of the 2900 block of Philadelphia Drive in Dayton, Ohio. His usual routine was to take a bus to his Wayne Avenue home after work. He never arrived home and has never been heard from again.
Ping had been employed by Elder-Beerman for sixteen years prior to his disappearance. He was known as a good employee and a nice dresser who wore suits to work. His bank account was never touched after his disappearance. Few details are available in his case, which remains unsolved.
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Dayton Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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