On July 11, 1981 Kenneth Lawrence Dietrich left his Yukon home to meet up with co-workers at the Lamp Lighter Club in Oklahoma City. According to family members, he had told them that he was taking a river float trip with the co-workers for the weekend.
He has not been heard from since.
It’s unknown whether Kenneth actually ever went on that river trip. Several years after his disappearance his vehicle was found parked at Will Rogers Airport. Within his vehicle his camping gear, wallet, banking information, and wedding ring were found. At first law enforcement speculated that Kenneth had intentionally disappeared, this theory was fed by a relative of Kenneth’s telling law enforcement that he left for Mexico. This, however, was not a relative Kenneth spoke to often, and no evidence has ever surfaced of him ever being in Mexico.
In 2014 Kenneth’s daughter called in to check on her father’s case and gave her DNA for comparison, only to learn that the DNA couldn’t be run because the Yukon Police Department had no record of her father as being missing. The basement at the department had flooded in previous years, causing many records to be lost- her father’s being one of them
Due to the lack of original record many questions remain in Kenneth’s case; questions about the co-workers he was going to meet being chief among them. What evidence the original investigation uncovered very well might be lost forever.
According to an April 2019 media report, there is no active detective working on Kenneth’s case, and the Yukon Police Department has closed the case, but say if any new evidence is uncovered they will re-open it.
At the time of his disappearance Kenneth was 30 years old, 5’11 to 6 feet tall, 250-275 pounds, and had blonde/strawberry chin length hair. He also had a fu man chu mustache and a 5-inch vertical scar on his abdomen.
Kenneth Lawrence Dietrich was a husband and a father of three small children when he went missing. He was also a United States veteran. His children deserve to know what happened to their father.
If you have any information on the disappearance of Kenneth Lawrence Dietrich, please call the Yukon Police Department at (405) 354-2553.