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Rudolf Diesel

Real Name: Rudolf Christian Karl Diesel
Nicknames: No Known Nicknames
Location: Antwerp, Germany
Date: September 29, 1913


Occupation: Engineer
Date of Birth: March 18, 1858
Marital Status: Married
Characteristics: Brown hair and mustache


Details: Rudolf Diesel was the second of three children born to German immigrants in France. He grew up to become an engineer and the inventor of the modern diesel engine for which he recieved the Elliott Cresson Medal in 1901. On September 29, 1913, he boarded the Dresden Steamer for a meeting in London which he would not make. Sometime after dinner that night, he vanished from his cabin never to be seen again. It is not known if there was any malice involved in his disappearance.
Extra Notes: This case was mentioned on the series, Only In America with Larry The Cable Guy.
Results: Unresolved. Ten days after Diesel was reported missing, the Dutch boat, Coertsen, found the body of a man in advanced decomposition floating in the North Sea. They retrieved his personal items and returned the body to the sea. Eugen Diesel confirmed these items as belonging to his father, but no reason has been found as to why or how Diesel fell from the Dresden.