What happened to David Riemens?


Name: David Martin Riemens
Age: 60 years old
Last seen: August 8, 2012
Location: Watertown, Tennessee
Status: Found deceased


Physical Description

David Riemens is a caucasian male with brown hair, blue eyes, and has a beard, he is 5’6 tall and weighs 180lbs.


Background Information

David Martin Riemens was born on January 17th, 1952, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He was described as someone who lived simply and off the grid. He had no social media accounts, credit cards, or cellphone.

He was an artist and stonemason, he would create his artwork in his treehouse, he did stonework and oil painting for businesses that opened in the area.



He moved to Tennessee in the 1970s with a group of friends, to be near the Short Mountain Sanctuary in Cannon County. David lived in a treehouse on his long-time friends Donny and Laura Nuessle’s farm in Watertown, for 12 years.



The morning of August 8th, 2012, David told his friends Donny and Laura that he was going to meet with an unnamed client at the Dollar General Store. He described the client as an older man who was interested in his stonework.

David had plans to visit his family in Michigan but had delayed his trip due to this meeting with a client.

Later that afternoon, David drove to the Dollar General Store on 8910 Sparta Pike, Watertown, Tennessee. A friend of David’s reported seeing him as she was leaving the store, around 1 pm. The two spoke in the parking lot for about 10 minutes before leaving.

Surveillance footage from the store did not show David going inside the store. David was never seen or heard from since.

His two friends at the farm, grew concerned when David never returned home that day. His dog Richocet Coyote and suitcase he had packed for his trip to Michigan, were left at his home.

Donny and Laura began calling around town trying to find him as well as his 1997 Ford Ranger pickup truck.

The Search

David’s 1997 Ford Ranger pickup truck was found abandoned at the Dollar General store’s parking lot.

Due to David living off the grid, investigators found it hard to track his movements. Search dogs picked up a scent leading to the adjacent spot next to his pickup truck’s driver side, in the parking lot of the Dollar General Store.

The unknown client David was going to meet that day has still not been identified, and authorities are unable to find the construction site David was suppose to work on for this client.

Update: Remains Discovered

On January 25th, 2018, a human skull was found in a wooded area near Taylor Road, Watertown, Tennessee, a few miles away from the Dollar General Store.

The rest of the remains and some clothing were discovered in an area approximately 50 yards away from where the human skull was located.


On January 28th, 2018, the remains found were positively identified through dental records as belonging to David Riemens.

Authorities found no evidence of foul play in the disappearance of David Riemens, and the cause of death is unknown.

There is a $1000 reward being offered by Wilson County Sheriff’s Department’s Crime Stoppers program, and there is a $2000 reward being offered by the family, for any information on the disappearance of David Riemens.

David’s case remains unsolved and the investigation is still ongoing.

Contact Information

If you have any information on the disappearance of David Martin Riemens please contact the Wilson’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 615-444-1459 or the Wilson County Crime Stoppers at 615-444-5425.


Resources and Further Information


David Martin Riemens

Investigation Discovery: Disappeared – Season 7 Episode 6 “No Stone Unturned”



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