Brandon Lee Wade
Brandon, approximately 2002; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 19 (approximately 2018)
Date reported missing : 10/14/2002
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/15/1999 (22)
Age at the time of disappearance: 3 years old
Height / Weight : 2'9, 33 pounds
Medical conditions : Brandon has allergies which he requires medication for. He did not have his medicine with him when he disappeared.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel/blue eyes. Brandon's nickname is Munchkin.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Brandon and his mother, Paula, were last seen at their residence at Common Apartments in Valdosta, Georgia on October 14, 2002. They were reported missing when Paula failed to show up for work at Sam's Club and failed to call to tell them she would not be in.
One of Paula's coworkers visited Common Apartments twice looking for her. There was no sign of her or her son. Her vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer, was still parked at the residence. The child safety seat inside the car, however, had been removed.
Paula's husband has been ruled out as a suspect in his wife and child's disappearances. He is a soldier who was stationed at the Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina when Paula and Brandon vanished. He has passed a polygraph.
However, Paula and Brandon's roommate has allegedly been uncooperative in the case. He was asked to take a polygraph test but refused and hired a lawyer. An acquaintance of the roommate's told police where he thought Paula and Brandon's remains might be. When the location was searched, nothing was found but deer bones.
Loved ones of the family say it would be extremely uncharacteristic for Paula to take her son and leave without warning, or to miss work without notice. Her parents maintained weekly telephone contact with her. Paula had been approved for a transfer to a Sam's Club job in Kissimmee, Florida, and her family was supposed to help her prepare to move during the week of her and Brandon's disappearance.
Brandon and Paula are considered endangered. They have not been seen or heard from since October 2002.
Other information and links : ncy
Valdosta Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Missing: Paula and Brandon Wade
Child Protection Education of America