Missing person: Jerry Davidson

The family of Jerry Davidson, lifelong Northfielder and one of my regular racquetball buddies, has filed a missing person’s report with the Northfield police

I last spoke to Jerry a little over a week ago, as he was going to be my racquetball doubles partner for last weekend’s Dale Snesrud invitational tournament.  He never showed up. His brother, Wes Davidson, emailed me a flyer tonight, along with this information:

Jerry Davidson - missing posterMy brother, Jerry Davidson, is missing. My family filed a missing person’s report with the Northfield police. He was last seen 10-27-10. His last known location was south west of Northfield.

On 10-27-10, he said he was going to Fleet Farm to pick up supplies for his next backhoe excavation job. He has not made any contact with family or friends since 10-27-10.

He has a 1998 white Ford F250 pickup truck, license #  1 1 2 A A T, regular cab, black tool box behind the cab.

Please call the Northfield Police with any information: 507-663-9484. Attached is a missing flyer with pictures.


  1. I don’t know Jerry but I have seen him pass by here. I’ll keep a look out for him and hope to hear of him back home again.

    November 4, 2010
  2. Bobbi Bolton said:

    Jerry and I are so much hoping and praying for a good outcome for Jerry and his family. He designed our septic system a couple of years ago. Everytime Jerry has come into the post office, he has always been so pleasant..always asking about Jerry (my husband). I didn’t know until a few years ago that the two Jerrys’ connection goes all the way back to their youth and Sunday school/confirmation at Solar Lutheran Church in Webster.

    November 4, 2010
  3. jean riley said:

    i hope his family get the anwer where he at. i hope he comes back to northfield to his family.

    November 10, 2010
  4. Griff Wigley said:

    Hooray! I was forwarded an email tonight saying that Jerry’s brother Ken was phoning people to let them know that “Jerry is safe and was found in Iowa.” No details on when he would be back in Northfield.

    November 14, 2010
  5. Larry Menzel said:

    I am so happy to hear Griff’s report! I’ve known Jerry for 20 years, he’s done multiple jobs for me over that time, and I consider him a friend. I was so saddened to hear of his disappearance and so very pleased to know he’s safe.

    Our prayers are answered.

    November 15, 2010
  6. jean riley said:

    go to kymn they found him in iowa at casio kymnradion.net click on missing northfiled man found you will see it

    November 15, 2010
  7. Scott Oney said:


    This guy looks like another victim of cyberbullying. I don’t know him, but it sounds like he was just an adult in private life enjoying a legal pastime in Iowa. And as far as I know, he was under no duty to keep his adult siblings updated as to his whereabouts. I never would have heard anything about it if the busybodies at Locally Grown hadn’t piled on, which is where the “cyber” part comes in.

    November 16, 2010
  8. Griff Wigley said:

    Scott, I think it’s a gray area. When friends and family are worried and ask for help from the police, I think it’s legitimate for media to help get the word out when asked.

    As for ‘enjoying a legal pastime,’ I’d caution you and others to not jump to any conclusions. Just because he was reportedly found in parking lot at or near a casino, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’d been at the casino.

    November 16, 2010
  9. Griff Wigley said:

    The Nfld News has revised the text of their story to read:

    Police used cell phone activity to track 57-year-old Gerald Arthur Davidson, who disappeared in a white pick-up truck on Oct. 27 to a parking lot shared by a gas station, casino and welcome center just over the Minnesota border near Northwood, Iowa.

    Unfortunately, they still haven’t fixed the headline.

    November 16, 2010
  10. Nathan Davidson said:

    I’m Jerry’s son and know the whole situation about his dissappearance and I am telling everyone that the Casino HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IS DISAPPEARANCE. He was found at a rest stop which was located NEAR a casino, that was it.

    I would like to thank everyone who helped and prayed for my father’s safe becasue the was good possiblity it may have not ended that way if his was not for the police’s abilty to track a cell phone call.

    Thank you

    November 17, 2010

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