Find Missing Thomas Lee Duesterhaus!

Find Missing Thomas Lee Duesterhaus!

Find missing Thomas Lee Duesterhaus!
He was teaching at the time.
He had been aware that he may be terminated.
He apparently was so upset that the walked out of his life.
But it has been over seven years.
Did he intend on staying away for good?
Where is Thomas Lee Duesterhaus?

Find Missing Thomas Lee Duesterhaus!

Find Missing Thomas Lee Duesterhaus! Thomas Lee Duesterhaus has been missing since June 18, 2011. He is missing from Virginia Beach, Virginia. Thomas Lee Duesterhaus is classified as an endangered missing person. His year of birth is 1973. At the time of his disappearance, Duesterhaus was 37 years old. His current age is 45 to 46 years old. Thomas Lee Duesterhaus is a Caucasian male. He is described as 6’3″ tall and 190 pounds at the time of his disappearance. His hair is blond and his eyes are green.

Duesterhaus had a beard at the time of his disappearance. He wears eyeglasses, but he probably doesn’t have his glasses with him. His nickname is Tom. Duesterhaus was apparently depressed over work problems at the time of his disappearance.

Find Missing Thomas Lee Duesterhaus!

Thomas Lee Duesterhaus was a teacher of English and creative writing at Bishop Denis J. O’Connell High School. It was a private Catholic high school in Arlington, Virginia. He was teaching there at the time of his disappearance. He’d taught there since 1999.

Shortly before Duesterhaus vanished, he learned his teaching contract would not be renewed for the next year. The reason for Duesterhaus’s termination has not been publicly released.

He left work that afternoon and went to his home in the 1600 block of Carlin Lane in McLean, Virginia. He lived in a religious communal setting with other Catholic men called the Youth Apostles. He left his residence, distraught, later that day and never returned.

Duesterhaus then traveled to Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was a lay minister with the Youth Apostles as well as a teacher. And he was scheduled to begin a four-day religious retreat with twenty others in Virginia Beach on June 20. An eyewitness reported seeing him swimming in the ocean on June 18. And this was the last time anyone saw him.

Twelve hours later, his travel bag was found abandoned on the beach. Some of his belongings were inside the bag. But Duesterhaus’s keys, his credit cards and his car, a blue 1999 Buick LeSabre with the Virginia license plate number XMT-8126, were all missing.

The rest of the group canceled the retreat after Duesterhaus didn’t show up for it.

Late July was nearly six weeks after Duesterhaus’s disappearance. His car was found abandoned in a commercial parking garage near the Rosslyn Metro station. Investigators determined it had been there since June 17. And Duesterhaus had parked it there himself. The car was not actually his own. It belonged to the Youth Apostles.

Duesterhaus is the sixth of eight children in his family. And he has never been married. He has been a deeply religious Catholic throughout his life and attended Mass daily.

He graduated Bishop O’Connell High School in 1991. Then he got a degree in English education from the College of William and Mary in 1995. In 2008, he got a master’s degree in English from George Mason University. And in 2010, he self-published a novel titled The Loyal Treatment.

Duesterhaus had taken lifetime vows of chastity, obedience and poverty. And he gave away most of the money he earned from teaching. His father thinks he may have become so upset about being terminated from his job that he decided to walk away from his life.

Authorities belive Duesterhaus may still be in the Virginia Beach area. He frequented parks and shelters at the time of his disappearance, ministering to homeless youth. Since he went missing, his cell phone and credit cards haven’t been used and and there have been no reliable sightings.

Because he was last seen swimming, it’s possible that he drowned. But investigators stated in that case his body should have washed ashore quickly.

Duesterhaus apparently left of his own accord. But his family, friends and former students, as well as the police, are concerned for his welfare and would like to verify his well-being. His case remains unsolved.

Find Missing Thomas Lee Duesterhaus!

Knowing or believing that he would be stripped of his beloved career was must have indeed been stressful. But would this be motive enough for Thomas Lee Duesterhaus to walk out of his life? Was it reason enough to run away, desert his family, and start a new life? Duesterhaus has been missing for over seven years. Has anyone ever considered foul play? Did Duesterhaus know anyone who would have any motive to harm him? Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Thomas Lee Duesterhaus? Do you have any information concerning any person (s) involved in his disappearance?

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to contact Detective Chris Flanagan at 703-246-7860 or the Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131 or Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS. You may contact Father Fr. Jack Peterson, Youth Apostles Director at 703-556-0914. You may email him at:
Case # (?): 20111690001

NamUs Case Number: MP12281
Agency Case Number: 20111690001

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