Moline PD: Last few pieces missing in 26-year disappearance of Jerry Wolking

MOLINE, Illinois — Police are working on a cold case that dates back 26 years, looking for information on a man who disappeared back in 1990.

On the anniversary of Jerry Wolking’s disappearance, October 18, 2016, Moline Police took to Facebook to reach out to the community, asking for any information.

Wolking was last seen leaving the home of a female acquaintance, police said in their post.  His vehicle was found a few days later at the Quad City Airport, and evidence was recovered from the vehicle.

Foul play had always been suspected in the case, according to previous reports.  Back in June of 2013 detectives and crime scene investigators converged on a wooded area off of John Deere Road as part of a renewed search for the Moline man’s remains.  Even earlier, in April of that year, police excavated a site in rural Milan, taking soil samples. The land was once owned by the parents of a longtime person of interest in the case, who has since died.

In their Facebook post, they wrote that “significant progress,” using biological and fingerprint evidence, had been made on the case over the last few years.  Police said witnesses have come forward and little by little the pieces have come together.

Police said that forensic geological testing has been done on evidence from Wolking’s vehicle, “which has proved significant in the case.”

“We are still missing the last few pieces and ask that anyone with information to please come forward and give the Wolking family the closure they deserve,” read the post.

If you have any information on the case, you are asked to call the Moline Police Department at 309-524-2140 or call Crime Stoppers at 309-762-9500.