Peter Strother Madison
Madison, approximately 1986; Madison's van
Date reported missing : 06/13/1986
Missing location (approx) :
Treasure Island, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 05/09/1922 (99)
Age at the time of disappearance: 64 years old
Height / Weight : 6'3, 170 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, brown eyes. Madison has a hernia scar on his body. He wears a full set of dentures. His birth name was Peter Scott Gruesbeck; he changed it in 1947.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Madison was last seen in Treasure Island, Florida on June 13, 1986. He spent the evening at a friend's home, then drove away in his white 1976 Ford van en route to his rented house. A photo of his van is posted with this case summary.
Madison apparently never arrived home and has never been heard from again. His clothes and other belongings, as well as his daughter's elderly blind dog which he was caring for, were left behind at his house, and there were no indications of forced entry.
Over a month after his disappearance, his van was found at Ninth Street and Burlington Avenue north in St. Petersburg, Florida. It had been stripped of interior furnishings and parts.
Madison was retired at the time of his disappearance, lived quietly, and frequented bars in downtown St. Petersburg. It's uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning or to abandon the dog, which he was very attached to. There have been no transactions on his credit cards or bank accounts since he went missing. Foul play is suspected in his case.
Other information and links : ncy
Treasure Island Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The St. Petersburg Times
The Doe Network
October 12, 2004. May 15, 2009; .
Interactive Missing Person Search Map