William Jeffers Lank
Lank, approximately 1992
Date reported missing : 12/13/1992
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/21/1950 (70)
Age at the time of disappearance: 42 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 175 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue full-length Woolrich winter coat with large pockets, a red shirt, khaki pants over gray flannel sweatpants, red socks, work shoes or black sneakers, and a size 12 gold wedding ring.
Medical conditions : Lank shattered his right leg and sustained other serious injuries in a car accident in 1989. He was prescribed numerous medications and developed depression after the accident.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Sandy brown hair, brown eyes. Lank's nickname is Jeff. He has previously fractured his skull, both ankles, and his upper and lower right leg in a car accident. He has a mole on his upper arm and scars on his right calf and both legs.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Lank was last seen in Wilmington, Delaware on December 13, 1992. He may have been carrying a large black velcro wallet with his identification papers inside it at the time of his disappearance.
At 10:44 a.m., the Delaware River and Bay Authority were notified that someone matching Lank's description had jumped off the Northbound bridge. When authorities went to the scene, they found Lank's maroon 1979 Peugeot parked on the Delaware Memorial Bridge.
A search of the water turned up no sign of him or his body, but he is presumed dead.
Other information and links : ncy
New Castle County Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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