Would love to know more about this

On August 20, 1999, Junelle MarquardDayna Menger, and Dayna’s son Dakota disappeared from Nekoosa, Wisconsin, apparently into thin air. And I cannot find squat about it.

NamUs doesn’t have Dakota listed for some reason, and Junelle’s case on there doesn’t have a photo. I was able to snag a high school photo of her from a pre-disappearance newspaper article from Newspapers.com. She played sports a lot in high school; I’m sure many coaches of girls’ teams would love to have a six-footer on board.

I was also able to find obituaries for relatives of both women. Junelle and Dayna were listed as having survived their relatives who died post-disappearance. Based on the obituaries I concluded they were not related to each other. I’m assuming they were just friends then.

I found a mention of a brother, Bryant, for Dayna, and thought I’d try to find him on Facebook or something, maybe he had photos or information about his sister on his profile. I discovered Bryant died in 2013, at the age of 39. It was mentioned that his infant son predeceased him. There’s more than enough sadness to go around in that family.

I wish I knew anything about a vehicle, whether a car disappeared with them and whether it was found. If a car did disappear with them and it wasn’t found, I’d be thinking they’re all in a lake or river somewhere.

Or perhaps — hopefully — they simply left town.

I wish I knew more.

8 thoughts on “Would love to know more about this

  1. ldesherl April 1, 2018 / 5:47 pm

    I would love to know more about a number of these “few details are available cases.” I’m working on one for my website right now,

  2. Leo April 2, 2018 / 4:57 am

    Well I found that Junelle was arrested around the time she disappeared well multiples of times in the year 1999 and 1997

    • Meaghan April 2, 2018 / 5:24 am

      Yeah, I am aware. Dayna also has a criminal record, minor stuff for both of them as far as I can determine.

    • TBake April 8, 2018 / 12:04 pm

      I think it’s possible that Dayna herself didn’t file that. It seems related to the paternity and support owed for the child (presumably the missing child). Maybe the biological father had previously been ordered to pay support and after so many years of the child and mother being missing he was trying to get the financial requirements eliminated and this is the manner he had to use to do so?

      • Meaghan April 8, 2018 / 12:05 pm

        That would be my guess TJBake. I know Dayna had at least two children, her son Dakota that disappeared with her plus and a daughter.

      • Jayne April 8, 2018 / 4:25 pm

        I had thought of that as well, but the case lists Dayna as the petitioner asking for modification of support. The father is listed as the respondent.

  3. Melanie September 21, 2019 / 3:57 pm

    I was married too Dayna’s brother Bryant actually. So Dayna actually has 3 children not 2. She has 1 biological brother Bryant who is deceased… she has a daughter that is wondering where she is and the other daughter she dropped off is as well concerned. She would of never ever dropped her daughter off too a family friends and not ever come back. That much I do believe of wht my husband stated. I gave my word to Bryant and his father who is deceased as well and to the oldest daughter that I not stop fighting at least til we know shes alive or shes gone either eat we truly all need closure.

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