Flashback Friday: Donald Ewalt

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Donald Cary Ewalt, missing from El Centro, California on October 4, 1979 — 38 years ago this past Sunday. He was last seen in the company of three males and foul play is suspected in his disappearance. Ewalt was 22 at the time and would be 60 today.

For some reason the Texas Department of Public Safety is assisting. Shrug.

I checked for him in the Newspapers.com archives and found an article from 1972 in the Opelousas Daily World, a Louisiana paper, about a 15-year-old by that name. My Donald would have been that age in 1972. The Louisiana Donald had run away from home and gotten a job at Grand Canyon National Park, but after several weeks the park authorities got suspicious and called the cops, who called his parents, who sent him the bus fare to come back home.

6 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Donald Ewalt

  1. Christie Groves October 6, 2017 / 11:20 pm

    Yeah, thats weird, about the Texas Auth., but they must have links or reasons.

    • Meaghan October 6, 2017 / 11:28 pm

      Perhaps he lived in Texas when he disappeared from California.

  2. Kevin October 7, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    El Centro is notorious for drug activity… Cher is actually from there. A weird place, about 110 miles from San Diego, CA

  3. Kat October 10, 2017 / 12:38 pm

    BTW, this is the Clark case, Colton Levi………..

  4. Tennie August 27, 2019 / 10:30 am

    He was a relative of mine. As far as I know he never lived in Texas, but he possibly did for a brief amount of time. He was from Mamou, Louisiana, so the Opelousas paper is correct.

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