In February of 1981, Bruce Falconer was a newly promoted sergeant in the Marines, which he joined at age 16 with his mother’s approval. He was home in Bismarck, North Dakota on leave before being transferred to Yuma, Arizona. He spent his time on leave catching up with old friends, including Tim Jewell, his friend since grade school. Falconer and Jewell went to a few bars on the night of February 20, 1981, then went in Falconer’s Blazer to the “Desert” south of Bismarck along the Missouri River after the bars closed. A few days later, Falconer’s uncle found Bruce’s Blazer stuck at the Desert. Nearby was a campfire and cigarette butts. Jewell’s body was found in 1992 by a hunter, but Bruce has never been found. The Marines declared him dead five years after his disappearance. The coroner determined Jewell’s likely cause of death was exposure.
Bruce Falconer was 21 years old at the time he disappeared in 1981. Bruce is 5 feet 10 inches tall to 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. Bruce has strawberry blonde hair and brown eyes. Bruce has a scar above his right eye. At the time of his disappearance, Bruce was wearing a pile-lined blue jean jacket, tan shirt with a braid trim and white corduroy jeans. Bruce was also wearing brown and white cowboy boots.
If you have any information about the whereabouts of Bruce Faslconer, contact the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department, Detective Mike Stoltz, at 701-222-6651. (NamUs MP# 17905)