Jefferson City cold case: David Warner

By: Bob Yarbrough Email
By: Bob Yarbrough Email

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It's become known as Jefferson City's greatest mystery. Is David Warner dead, or alive? Almost thirty years later, there's still no answer.

"You think about him every day," says David's sister, Cathy Nash. "There's not a day that goes by that you don't think about him."

In March of 1983 David was a 12 year old fourth grader. He "got by" in school but had street smarts beyond his years. Then, he was gone. No warnings. No clues. No sense.

Investigator David Hutchison says there's only one way to describe the disappearance. "Like the twilight zone. Here one minute, then gone the next."

David's family last saw him walking down Beelor Boulevard, near Broadway in Jefferson City. It's a path he took many times while walking to convenience stores and restaurants. Investigators say David's "street smarts" and the lack of clues could indicate his disappearance was planned. If it was, Nash points to David's now deceased father as the likely culprit. "I think his natural dad had something to do with it. Because he was the type of person who like to be in the spotlight, And by him never coming to help hunt for David, I always felt he knew something." Investigators say a likely motive for David's father taking him might be the belief that he could offer his son a better life away from Jefferson City.

Investigator Hutchison says, if he's alive, the case now isn't about bringing David back home. "He's almost 40 years old now, they cant make him come home." It's more about offering his family peace of mind. And, offering an answer to Jefferson City's greatest mystery.

If you have any information into the disappearance of David Warner, you are asked to call Investigator Hutchison at 865-429-7021, extension 115.

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