Rodney John Olsen
Olsen, approximately 1986
Date reported missing : 10/18/1986
Missing location (approx) :
Mason City, Iowa
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/01/1954 (66)
Age at the time of disappearance: 32 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 210 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A brown shirt and blue jeans.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Olsen's hair was shoulder-length at the time of his disappearance.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Olsen was last seen in Mason City, Iowa on October 18, 1986. He had an 800-acre grain farm in a rural part of Mason City, where he lived with his girlfriend. He had recently moved there from Britt, Iowa, and his ex-wife and young son still lived there; Olsen would travel to Britt to visit with the child. He reportedly left his residence at 1:00 a.m. He said he would be home in about an hour, but he never returned. He has never been heard from again.
Months after his disappearance, Olsen's black 1978 Pontiac Sunbird was found abandoned in the Greenfield Estates trailer park in Forest City, Iowa. There was no indication of Olsen's whereabouts at the scene, and no evidence of foul play. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Cerro Gordo County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Iowa Missing Person Information Clearinghouse
The Globe Gazette
Iowa Cold Cases
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October 12, 2004. July 20, 2020; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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