Remains not those of local man

Posted: December 7, 2012

The Winchester Star

William David Dudley

WINCHESTER — Skeletal remains found in southern Virginia in January are not believed to be those of a Frederick County man who went missing in 1993.

William David Dudley, 35, disappeared in the early morning hours of Oct. 31, 1993, according to police reports.

In January, Frederick County Sheriff’s Office Investigator K.C. Bohrer said he received a call from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Virginia that skeletal remains had been found in Pittsylvania County.

An online database, the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, had linked Dudley’s physical description to the remains after finding similar “general characteristics” between the two, according to Bohrer.

But after nearly a year, the database — which matches DNA — has found no link between Dudley and the remains.

“No match has been made for William Dudley,” Bohrer said, adding that it is implied that the remains are not those of the man.

On Oct. 30, 1993, Dudley was at his girlfriend Cindy Benner’s mobile home in the Stephenson area, according to a search warrant filed in January in Winchester Circuit Court.

According to the warrant, Dudley became intoxicated and got in a fight with Benner, which was overheard by two men who lived in the same mobile home park.

“These two men, one being related to Dudley’s girlfriend, came to her aid and an altercation ensued where Dudley was hit by a baseball bat by one of the men,” the warrant states.

Dudley reportedly ran from Benner’s trailer after the fight. A previous report that was never substantiated claimed that he was last seen that night walking toward Martinsburg Pike (U.S. 11), near his home in Clear Brook.

His clothing and wallet were later found in the trailer he lived in, according to his mother, Kathy Trenary.

Bohrer began investigating the cold case in 2010 and encourages those with information about the case to come forward.

“We haven’t had anything new for quite some time,” he said on Thursday. “We still feel people are out there that have answers and know what happened to Mr. Dudley and what happened the night he came up missing.”

Dudley was declared legally dead a few years after his disappearance.

Anyone with information should call the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at 540-662-6162 or Crime Solvers at 540-665-8477.

— Contact Rebecca Layne at rlayne@winchesterstar.com