Memorial Walk for Danny Newville
A co-worker of mine asked if I would share the following information about an upcoming Memorial Walk for Danny Newville on Saturday, August 2. Danny was 18 years old when he went missing from New London, Minnesota on August 1, 2002. The Lakes Area Review published an article in this week’s paper about the Memorial Walk, as well as details about Danny’s disappearance. I am reprinting the article with their permission.
Aug. 2 walk in Danny Newville’s memory
Young man went missing in New London 12 years ago
By Dori Moudry, Editor, Lakes Area Review, New London, Minnesota
Danny was last seen in the early morning hours of Aug. 1, 2002 in the New London area. He has been missing for 12 years.
Next Saturday’s walk in Danny’s memory will start at the New London-Spicer High School parking lot with a prayer by the Rev. Paul McCullough of the Willmar Assemblies of God Church. The walk will proceed to Old Grey Park before returning to the school. A tree will be planted in Danny’s memory at the park.
“We just want to get some awareness out there,” Danny’s father, Russ Newville, said. “There’s a lot of people that miss Danny.”
Eighteen at the time of his disappearance, Danny would have turned 30 on May 7. He was last seen at a party in New London, and witnesses say he left the party on foot. He has not been seen or heard from since.
According to a Jan. 6, 2003 story in the Kandiyohi County Times, in mid-August, 2002, it was discovered Danny had been missing for two weeks.
Having just turned 18 in May of the year he disappeared, Danny’s hours were unpredictable, and he would sometimes stay with friends or relatives for long periods of time.
In mid-August, an attempt to locate bulletin was issued. In September, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Department initiated a missing person search for Danny.
Ground searches by law enforcement have been conducted, as well as air searches with a State Patrol helicopter and scent dog searches also have taken place. Det. Kent Baumann with the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office has done a number of interviews, including polygraph tests, of people who were at the same party as Danny the night he disappeared, he said.
“We’re still trying to piece together where he is and what happened to him,” Baumann said.
The Sheriff’s Office continues to actively take leads in Danny’s case, and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension also is involved in the investigation. Danny has been listed on several national missing persons web sites.
Russ Newville believes his son is deceased. He believes Danny was the victim of foul play, and the people who know what happened to him are too afraid to come forward.
“There are people who know what happened to Danny,” he said.
Russ Newville expressed frustration with law enforcement’s handling of Danny’s case. He said he informed police Danny was missing within 10 days of his disappearance, but a missing person search was not conducted until September.
“Twelve years is way too long,” he said. “If this was a sheriff’s kid, a pastor’s kid, they would have this solved by now. I want him found and I want to have a proper burial for him.”
He hopes the walk in Danny’s memory “will bring a big awareness” to Danny’s disappearance.
In 2011, the Minnesota Missing Persons Act became law, making it easier to prompt a search for a missing adult. The act requires law enforcement agencies to accept without delay any report of a missing person, including people 18 or older.
For more information, see Statutes Chapter 299C.51-299C.5655 at www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us.
Anyone with information related to Danny Newville’s disappearance is asked to call the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office at (320) 214-6700, ext. 3366.
Here’s a link to a video that was produced after the walk. Credit: Fry Pan Proudctions