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Beavers was last seen in Jerome, Idaho on April 3, 1997. He had been drinking alcohol shortly before his disappearance. He cut up his identification cards and walked out of the house in the middle of the night. He never returned. It was snowing that night and the temperature was well below freezing. Beavers wasn't wearing his coat when he disappeared, and he also left behind his wallet, tax forms and rifle.
Beavers has never been heard from again. He previously lived in the San Jose/Milpitas area of California and he may have been en route to Austin, Texas or Amarillo, Texas after his disappearance; his father lived in Texas. He left a farewell note behind, reading:
Mom gets everything. Sorry but my time here is up. Love you all, no blame, except my own.
In spite of what his note said, it's unclear whether Beavers took his own life. There's a history of suicide in his family: his maternal grandfather and great-grandfather both committed suicide. His mother initially thought he might have left of his own accord to travel around the country, possibly by hitchhiking, but she began to question this theory as time passed without contact.
Beavers is widely read and an avid long-distance hiker. At the time of his disappearance, he had the habit of working long hours for a year or two and saving money, then taking several months off of work to read and study subjects of interest. His mother describes him as a gifted underachiever. Beavers didn't have a driver's license at the time of his disappearance and didn't know how to drive.
Beavers's case opened 2018 by Psychic Brian Ladd. Texas police are assisting the investigation.
Texas Department of Public Safety