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UPDATE: Wally found deceased on 1/18/2021

November 12, 2020 Wally was seen leaving the local Casey's about a mile from his residence walking back home by himself after purchasing a pack of cigarettes. He was never seen alive again.

January 18, 2021 Remains of a body were located near the 200 block of White Oak Street in Hampshire, Illinois. Clothes were found near the remains when a person walking their dog found the clothes northeast of White Oak Street and East of Stoneshire Court (the remains were located immediately after).

The cause and manner of death is pending, as is DNA confirmation of identity.


The family wishes to thank everyone who took part in the extensive searches, as well as those who took the time to share and distribute the Missing Person's poster and information about Wally's disappearance.  



"WALLY" Walter Arthur Reimers took a 22-minute walk from his residence in Hampshire, Illinois on November 12th, 2020 to the Casey's Gas Station at 820 Warner Street to purchase cigarettes.  Video surveillance shows Wally making his purchase at approximately 9:30pm and then was seen walking out of the establishment eastbound on foot.  Wally has been seen or heard from ever since.


  • Wally is battling stage 4 cancer and left home without his medication or cell phone.
  • Wally was released from a short hospital stay earlier the same day that he went missing and was acting his normal self.
  • An ongoing search effort is currently in progress by local authorities, first responders and professional search crews using a large variety of search methods including search dogs, drones and helicopters. 
  • Search dogs were able to follow his sent for two blocks before it disappeared. 

More details and information will be made available here, when available. If you have any information regarding the disappearance of "Wally" Walter Arthur Reimers, please contact Hampshire Illinois Police Department at 847-232-8400.


These are a couple of stills from the Casey's store surveillance system.  These are the last known images of Wally before he went missing minutes later.  Please note the clothing he is wearing to memory.


The family wishes to extend their thanks to Hampshire Police, Kane County Police, Hampshire Fire Department and all search crews.  Your thorough efforts and regular communication are greatly appreciated.  We wish to thank the ongoing efforts of the Missing Persons Awareness Network.  And finally, we also wish to thank everyone for the love and support via social media, and for everyone taking the time to view and share Wally's image and information.  


If you have seen Wally or have any information to his whereabouts please call the Hampshire Police Department at: 847-232-8400

Poster Download

One simple way to be a huge help in our search for Wally, is to download the PDF poster file above, get several copies printed and then distribute them anywhere that you can. (ex. Gas stations, post offices, stores, etc.).

*Poster is standard 8.5"x11" size.