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Oct 1, 1956

Members of the family of William P. Dietz, Jr., 55, former Mt. Vernon resident and an auto tire and accessory salesman residing at Memphis, Tenn., for the last 19 years, are convinced that he drowned in the Mississippi river at Memphis about Sept 11.


An unidentified man was seen to fall or leap from the Mississippi river bridge at Memphis on that date by motorist traversing the span.


The former Mt. Vernon man has been missing since, but the body has not been recovered.  High blood pressure and the threat of a cerebral hemorrhage had depressed him in recent months.


Mrs. Edward A. Pence, Mt. Vernon, a sister, and her husband spent the weekend in Memphis.  All evidence points to William P. Dietz, Jr., having drowned, they said upon their return to Mt. Vernon.


The believed deceased man was a native of Mt. Vernon.  His aged parents, William P. Dietz, retired barber, and Mrs. Ida Maus Dietz, reside here as well as the sister, Mrs. Pence.  The missing man also leaves a widow, Martha, whom he married 20 years ago next month.  The widow has gone from Memphis to the home of relatives in Jackson, Tn.

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Originally submitted by Betty Sellers