Dakota & Dayna Menger & Junelle Marquard
Dakota Menger, Dayna Menger, and Junelle Marquard were all together and last seen on August 20th, 1999 in Nekoosa, Wisconsin.
Dakota was in the company of his mother Dayna Menger and her friend Junelle Marquard when they dropped off Dayna's 4-year-old daughter at a babysitter’s residence. The 3 of them left without disclosing where they were going or what they planned to do.
Initially, when Dayna did not return for a few days, the babysitter was not concerned. It wasn’t uncommon for her to leave her child with a babysitter for several days at a time. However, after weeks passed without contact from Dayna, the babysitter contacted social services and
they took custody of Dayna’s daughter.
Dayna never returned to the babysitter’s residence and no one has had any contact with Dakota, Dayne, or Junelle since their disappearance.
At the time of their disappearances, Dayna lived with her daughter and Dakota in Nekoosa, Wisconsin. Junelle was living in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Both women were involved with drugs and had been estranged from their families as a result. Dayna eventually lost parental rights to her daughter and she was adopted and now lives out of the state.
Although they went missing in 1999, it wasn’t until 2004 that the police were informed that all three of them were unaccounted for when Dayna’s brother reported her missing. Junelle has never been officially reported missing. Police are only seeking her in connection to Dayna and Dakota’s disappearances.
It is possible that Dayna has ties to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She and Junelle have minor criminal histories, but nothing significant enough to suggest they would be running from the law. Foul play is a possibility in their disappearances. Dayna’s loved ones do not believe that she would have abandoned her daughter.
Dakota is a white male and, at the time of his disappearance, was 2’6”-3’0”, and 28-35 pounds. His physical features and what clothing he was wearing at the time are unknown. Dakota was 2 years old when he went missing. He would be 24 years old today.
Dayna is a white female and, at the time of her disappearance, was 5'8, and 140 - 160 pounds. She has blonde hair and blue eyes. Dayna has a tattoo of a cross on her right shoulder and a tattoo of a cross on the fingers of her right hand. Dayna was 27 years old when she went missing. She'd be 50 years old today.
Junelle is a white female and, at the time of her disappearance, was 6'1 and 165 pounds. She has brown hair and hazel eyes. Junelle has a burn scar on her left arm. Junelle was 21 years old when she went missing. She'd be 44 years old today.
Below is an age-progressed photo of Dakota to 21 years old:
Any leads or information should be directed to:
Nekoosa Police Department
Detective Brian Machon
or call 911
You can find more on NamUs:
Case #MP50856- Dakota
The Charley Project - Dakota
Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults - Dakota & Dayna
Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing & Exploited Children & Adults- Junelle