Select It Sunday: David Mekvold

Selected by B.: David M. Mekvold, age 42, missing from Portland, Oregon since two days after Christmas in 2010. I added him a little over a year ago.

Mr. Mekvold was back to work after the holidays and was last heard from when he called his wife at 1:30 p.m. She said nothing seemed to be amiss at the time. After that he vanished. Some of his belongings, including his lunch, were missing from his cubicle; the lunch turned up in the garbage bin nearby. At 8:45 that night, his pickup truck was found parked on a gravel road in a remote wooded area in Skamania County, Washington. Skamania County is on the Oregon/Washington border and not too far from Portland. There was a search of the area, hampered by foul weather, and it turned up precisely nothing in the way of clues.

Beyond that I have nothing. Mekvold seems to have been an ordinary middle-aged man working an ordinary middle-aged job in insurance, until he dropped out of sight. There’s no indication of suicide and no indication of foul play…except for nearly three and a half years of total silence.

For what reason did Mekvold suddenly abandon his workstation, ditch his lunch and walk out into the unknown? Why did he park his truck out in the middle of nowhere? DID he park his truck there, or did someone else? It’s one of those cases where just enough is known to frustrate internet detectives, but not enough is known to provide any really solid theories.

There hasn’t been any press about Mr. Mekvold that I can find since 2011, when an anniversary article ran about his disappearance. The article doesn’t say anything new. If any family, friends, coworkers or anyone else who knew him stumbles across his entry, I’d love to hear their input in the comments section.

10 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: David Mekvold

  1. B April 27, 2014 / 11:22 am

    Yeah…this one is really frustrating. I almost wonder if he was feeling stress in his life, drove out to the woods to go for a hike, and had some kind of accident. It doesn’t sound like the search was all that thorough, although you never know from the details.

  2. Angie April 27, 2014 / 1:35 pm

    Skamania County is 90% forested, aka the perfect place for someone to get lost and never be found.

  3. friend May 7, 2014 / 12:45 pm

    Thanks, Charley Project for keeping the search alive… Nothing new has been uncovered that I’m aware of – there aren’t even any roads that we can go down to hit a dead end… He loved being out in the woods; it wouldn’t be unusual for him to leave work and go hiking… But it wouldn’t make sense for him to throw away his lunch and pack up some of his personal items, and then leave.

    He is loved by his mother. He is loved by his wife. He is loved by his two daughters. And he is loved by his two granddaughters that haven’t had a chance to meet him yet.

    Again, thanks to the online community for your continued support.

  4. Meta August 20, 2014 / 5:34 am

    I’m not certain Mr. Mekvold’s disappearance is similar, but I strongly suggest you all read David Paulides 4 books (Missing 411). His web site is EVERYONE who loves the outdoors, hiking, camping, etc…should read his entire 4 book series. He documents over one thousand bizarre disappearances which have occurred primarily in our National Parks and Forests. In one case in 1969, armed Green Berets were assisting the SAR teams. I read a comment by a Green Beret who was familiar with that particular case. Although unable to comment on the case specifically due to his military oaths, the Commander wrote that Green Berets are only called in and armed if national security is threatened. I believe the government knows the disappearances are connected but they are not alerting the general public. Paulides is a former policeman with over 25 yrs in the force and simply presents the facts about the disappearances. I will only say this: the potential answers to what is happening to these people is far more terrifying than a whole battalion of serial killers! If you know anyone who camps and hikes in rural areas, please urge them to read Paulides’ books. Those who do will never look at these activities in National Parks and Forests in the same light again. Although Amazon has the books they are outrageously priced. I suggest you order them from his website, if you are interested.
    Meta Morley

    • Meaghan August 20, 2014 / 8:30 am

      I have already read two of them.

      • Meta August 20, 2014 / 9:44 am

        Sorry if I have duplicated posts, I have never written comments before and did not know how to do so.

  5. Aleta Mekvold October 11, 2014 / 2:08 am

    This is his wife. We have heard nothing. I do strongly believe that he was struggling inside himself but he was never much of a talker! There were some job issues and I believe that contributed to what happen. I also strongly believe that David is alive but the question of course is where! I also believe that someone picked him up at the side of the road so someone out there knows where he is/was.

  6. Aleta Mekvold March 19, 2016 / 8:28 pm

    This is David’s wife. Not sure anyone will see this but not sure where else to post it. I just got a notice from the IRS and his name is linked with another missing person’s name from Texas. Taffy Overstreet. I’m turning this over to the detective on my case but not sure whether this would be fraud or??? She went missing under suspicious circumstances it looks like and my husband was home in Oregon at that time but a month and half later he’s missing and due to an odd twist we have wondered if Texas was a possibility for him.

      • Aleta Mekvold March 19, 2016 / 10:16 pm

        I know! That’s what makes it so very odd! I input her name and hers does the same thing as my husbands all kinds of missing person links. There’s lots of IRS fraud and probably a good chance of fraud but …. Two missing persons names are linked with the IRS?? IRS won’t talk to our detective. Maybe this will change that? Thanks for your response Meaghan! 🙂

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