Remains of Mitchell Dale Stehling found at Mesa Verde National Park
Stehling went missing on June 9, 2013
VICTORIA, Texas – On June 9, 2013 Mitchell Dale Stehling, 51, of Goliad was hiking with a group at Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado. Last month on September 17, 2020 human remains were found at Mesa Verde following an anonymous tip. Stehling worked in Victoria.
Family members said they are receiving the remains of Stehling today at an Austin airport. They are working with a funeral home in Victoria to give Stehling a service.
At this time foul play is not suspected. A family member said Stehling must have become lost on the trails seven years ago. Stehling leaves behind five children.
Stehling’s widow released this information:
Dale Stehling is finally coming home since he went missing at the age of 51 on June 9, 2013, in Colorado while traveling to see the Western US on an RV trip with his wife and parents.
Mitchell Dale Stehling, always known as Dale, was born on September 10, 1961 in Victoria, Texas during Hurricane Carla. Being the son of a career Army man Dale lived in several States and Countries. In 1976 they moved home to Goliad County’s Ander, Texas where he graduated from Goliad High School in 1979. He married Denean Bayer Stehling on March 23, 1981 and together raised two daughters Heidi and Haley and two sons, Mitchell and Steven. He worked as a meat cutter for Dick’s Meat Market for 17yrs before going to work at HEB as a meat cutter and Market manager before retiring to tend to home and family.
Dale was known for his incredible spirit, meandering walks and talks, unforgettable laugh, and especially for the love he had for all his kids and grandkids. Many days were spent in the garden he kept well and always with plenty to share. He had some inventive creations, always tinkering, usually accompanied by the blasting music of Pink Floyd, Neil Young, The Eagles and other awesome jams… from a rigged sound system of course. His family and friends have the most amazing memories with Dale of camping, card games, listening to music, and simply enjoying a beautiful and genuine soul.
Dale is survived by his wife Denean Stehling his parents Derl and Gloria Stehling, his five children James Stehling, Heidi Stehling-Linn and Jeanette, Mitchell Stehling and Melissa, Steven Stehling, Haley Wagner and Johnny. His adoring ten grandchildren – five of whom he had met – Josh, JoJo and Arien Stehling, Eleanor and Alexander Stehling-Linn, Sebastian, Sinclair and Summer Stehling, Wyatt and Aubrie Wagner.
His sister Marcy Stehling and brother Mike Stehling; parents-in-law Deanie Ferguson, Jackie and Shawnee Bayer, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Dale will at long last be laid to rest at his and Denean’s home, under “the tree”.
Photo provided by family members
Case information from website: “Stehling was last seen on Sunday, June 9, 2013 while hiking in the park. He was on a road trip with his wife, father, and mother. After telling his family that he wanted to see the Spruce Tree House cliff dwelling, Stehling started hiking at approximately 4:30 pm. The trail to the dwelling is less than 1/4 mile long and connects with the Petroglyph Point Trail. Stehling did not return from his hike.”
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