David L. Decker is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran who went missing with his father, Ernest “Bob” Decker Jr. from Ernest Decker’s property in Brown Township, Ohio on December 13, 2006. Two vehicles, one truck that Ernest was driving and David’s 1997 red in color Mercury Tracer also went missing, but Ernest’s truck was located thanks to an anonymous tip that led them to a wooded area near where Ernest Decker lived. The truck’s drivers side door was unlocked, keys were in the ignition and clothing along with Ernest’s blood covered glasses were located inside.
About two years after the disappearance of David and Ernest, a person of interest was identified by law enforcement. This person was identified as Randy Kedigh. Randy was renting a trailer from David’s father and shortly before the two men disappeared, Randy paid David’s father with a bad check which resulted in an altercation between the two. Randy apparently has a long criminal record to include being arrested for robbery, kidnapping, assault, carrying a concealed weapon and multiple charges of domestic violence.
A tip led police to Randy Kedigh’s sister’s house in Paris Township, Ohio where witnesses said they saw Randy driving a red car similar to David’s Mercury Tracer. Randy had parked the red car behind a shed and cut the car apart, scrapping most of it. Police later found car parts in the shed with vehicle identification numbers matching the numbers on David’s Mercury Tracer.
Since David and his father went missing, they have not answered their cell phones. Their banks accounts have also not been touched. Law Enforcement believes that David and Ernest Decker were murdered, but their bodies have never been located.
David was 32 years old when he went missing in 2006. David is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed approximately 160 pounds at the time of his disappearance. David has strawberry blonde hair and blue eyes and often wears a beard and mustache. David has a tattoo of an older model mercury (vehicle) on his arm. The vehicle that David was driving is a 1997 Mercury Tracer sedan, red in color, with Ohio License Plate DD18QL.
From NamUs reference David’s Mercury Tracer:
“Witness told authorities car was cut up with reciprocating saw and electric grinder and most of the car had been sent to a salvage yard in Canton. The engine and transmission were scrapped in Minerva, Ohio. A search of the shed revealed a hood, two fenders, headlight assembly, a pair of taillights, and a tire jack. A vin number printed on the fenders matched that of the David’s car.”
If you have any information about the whereabouts of David L. Decker, contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at 330-627-2141 reference case # OCA/2007CRA00605. (NamUs MP # 10582)
News Article: http://www.cantonrep.com/article/20090104/News/301049897
Charley Project: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/d/decker_david.html