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Brian, approximately 1975; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 60 (approximately 2018)
Date reported missing : 01/12/1975
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/15/1958 (63)
Age at the time of disappearance: 16 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6 - 5'8, 140 - 155 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A light blue shirt with "Hilton" on the pocket, blue jeans and brown hiking boots.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Light brown hair, brown eyes. Brian has a scar on his left arm from an iron burn when he was a baby. His nickname is Joe.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Brian attended a partyÂ on southeast State Street near 25th in Salem, Oregon on January 12, 1975. His sister and two friends were with him. Brian's sister and one of their friends left the party for awhile; Brian was listening to music with a male friend, called David, at the time.
When Brian's sister and friend returned after 2:00 a.m., Brian said David had taken some LSD, was having a bad trip and had left the house. Brian's companions told him to go after David, and he followed him out of the house. They both got into David's vehicle, a turquoise 1962 VolkswAge at the time of disappearance: n Bug with a black left front fender and the Oregon license plate number 7P3626.
David was arrested at 5:00 a.m. after he stole a car from a dealership and was caught speeding it down State Street. He was still under the influence of LSD and said he thought he was in hell. He said he had no idea where Brian was. Brian has never been heard from again and the vehicle he was driving has not been recovered.
His case was written off as a runaway at the time, but Brian's family does not believe he would have run away. They describe him as a reliable and well-behaved teenAge at the time of disappearance: r, other than his experimentation with drugs, and stated he always kept in touch with his loved ones. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Portland Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Oregon's Missing Children
The Doe Network
A missing person is a person who has disappeared and whose status as alive or dead cannot be confirmed as their location and condition are not known. A person may go missing through a voluntary disappearance, or else due to an accident, crime, death in a location where they cannot be found (such as at sea), or many other reasons. In most parts of the world, a missing person will usually be found quickly. While criminal abductions are some of the most widely reported missing person cases, these account for only 2–5% of missing children in Europe. By contrast, some missing person cases remain unresolved for many years. Laws related to these cases are often complex since, in many jurisdictions, relatives and third parties may not deal with a person's assets until their death is considered proven by law and a formal death certificate issued. The situation, uncertainties, and lack of closure or a funeral resulting when a person goes missing may be extremely painful with long-lasting effects on family and friends. Several organizations seek to connect, share best practices, and disseminate information and imAge at the time of disappearance: s of missing children to improve the effectiveness of missing children investigations, including the International Commission on Missing Persons, the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC), as well as national organizations, including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in the US, Missing People in the UK, Child Focus in Belgium, and The Smile of the Child in Greece.
The Salem Capital Journal
Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004. December 29, 2018; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression updated.
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