Missing Army vet with Heartland ties found - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Missing Army vet with Heartland ties found

David Demeree, 48, was headed to Jackson, Mo. when he went missing. David Demeree, 48, was headed to Jackson, Mo. when he went missing.
Demeree is five foot seven inches and weighs 260 pounds. Demeree is five foot seven inches and weighs 260 pounds.
Demeree was caught on surveillance video at a Cleveland, Ohio area convenience store on June 18. Demeree was caught on surveillance video at a Cleveland, Ohio area convenience store on June 18.
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Authorities working to track down missing veteran David Demeree say he's been found, and now they are working to make sure he is safe.

Detective Todd Winborn with the Independence Police Department says they've tracked Demeree to the Cleveland, Ohio area.

Winborn says they believe Demeree arrived there shortly after being reported missing on June 13.

Demeree's information will remain in the police department's system listing him as "endangered" until authorities in Ohio can make contact with him and make sure he's ok.

David Demeree, 48, was headed to Jackson, Mo. when he went missing.

Demeree has lots of friends in the Heartland. He worked for the US Postal service out of Cape Girardeau for more than a dozen years.

"Nice guy, hard worker, and a good friend," Darrell Chapman said. 

Demeree was supposed to meet his friend Vern Davidson in Jackson. However, he didn't show up, with no call and no explanation.

"It's not right. It's not normal for someone to just fall off the radar for more than a couple days," Robert Stevenson said. 

In a Facebook conversation that Davidson shared with Heartland News, he tells his friend, "We are so excited to see you."

Demeree had left this motorcycle at Davidson's home in Jackson when he moved to Independence nearly two years ago. Recently, when an unknown man wanted to buy the bike, Davidson says, Demeree made plans for the man to follow him with a trailer to Jackson to pick it up.

When Demeree didn't show up and stopped responding to messages, Davidson got worried saying, "Where are you?" and "Please call."

Friends and family don't know if that man had anything to do with his disappearance but are hoping he could, at least, lead them to answers.

"I'd like for this person, that we don't seem to know who he is, let him come forward and hopefully shed some light on what's happened," Stevenson said. 

"First thought I had was Craigslist or something similar where he didn't check things out, didn't get a phone number. That part really worries me there," Chapman said.

Police in Independence, Mo. where he's currently living say Demeree has health issues and they were concerned for his safety.

"Pray. Keep the whole family in mind and people can just watch," Chapman said. 

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