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Asplund Disappearance Solved

timeline for Asplund disappearance
Moline Police
timeline for Asplund disappearance

A 28 year old mystery has finally been solved. Monday Moline police announced human remains found near St. Louis belong to Steven Asplund of Moline who went missing in 1994.

Steven Asplund
Griffin, Michael
Steven Asplund

Asplund was last seen in January, 1994 visiting a friend. His car was found a few days later in Leach Park in Bettendorf.

Two months later, barge workers in St. Louis County, Missouri found a body in the Mississippi River but attempts to identify it were unsuccessful.

Then last year Moline Detective Mike Griffin began researching unidentified remains found along the river from Memphis to the Quad Cities, and eventually came across the body found by the barge workers soon after Asplund disappeared. With help from a forensic anthropologist and the Illinois State Police lab, dna was taken from the remains and matched with family members in the Quad Cities.

Moline police say no foul play is suspected and no charges will be filed.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.