Authorities continue looking for Dale Ackley, a 44-year-old Shelton man who was reported missing Tuesday. Crews have been searching an area south of Shelton where police found Ackley’s abandoned SUV. Search and rescue crews have temporarily suspended that search but will continue their efforts this weekend with the assistance of the Mason County Search and Rescue Team (SAR).
On Tuesday, June 26th, Shelton Police received a missing person report from Mr. Ackley’s girlfriend. She explained that the two of them had gotten into an argument on Monday, June 25th, and that Mr. Ackley then left driving his 2001 Ford Escape. When he did not return that night, she contacted Shelton PD for assistance.
The initial investigation revealed Mr. Ackley had not reported to work, and that there had been no activity on his bank accounts or cell phones. Investigators attempted to ping his personal and work cell phones under the exigent circumstances clause with negative results.
On Wednesday, June 27th, Shelton Police released a photo of Mr. Ackley requesting assistance from the community. Police received several tips which lead to the discovery of Ackley’s abandoned vehicle in a wooded area just outside Shelton city limits near State Route 3 and U.S. Highway 101. With assistance from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, including a K-9 patrol unit, search and rescue teams searched the area. Initial efforts were unsuccessful.
Search and rescue crews resumed the search for Mr. Ackley in the same area Thursday morning but called off the search after several hours.
“We are still hoping that we will find Mr. Ackley alive and well,” said Captain Mike Fiola. “He has a lot of family and friends who are deeply concerned.”
Investigators have discovered that Mr. Ackley was last seen at a downtown business on
Monday, June 25th at 4:40 PM. He was observed buying merchandise with cash and then
leaving. The receipt for this transaction was located in Mr. Ackley’s vehicle.
Anyone with information on Dale Ackley’s whereabouts is asked to contact Shelton Police.