Wallace Tolar Gerrald
Gerrald, approximately 2015
Date and time person was reported missing : 10/20/2015
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 06/29/1930 (91)
Age at the time of disappearance: 85 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 165 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A plaid shirt, khaki pants and a baseball cap.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, blue eyes. Gerrald has had surgery on both hips, as well as knee surgery, prostate surgery and open-heart surgery. He has hardware installed in his hip. His nickname is Buster.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Gerrald was last seen in Palatka, Florida at 12:00 p.m. on October 20, 2015. He traveled from Galivants Ferry, South Carolina to Palatka to get some legal documents and was supposed to return to South Carolina later that day. He has never been heard from again.
Gerrald was driving a white 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck with a dented tailgate when he disappeared; the South Carolina license plate number was DEQ188 and the VIN number was 1FTMF1CM1DFB14841.
The vehicle was not located until January 2019, over three years after his disappearance; it was found deep in the woods at the dead end of Rosemary Hill Road in Green Cove Springs, Florida. It appeared to have been there for years, but was was undamAge at the time of disappearance: d. Authorities believe it was driven onto the property and became stuck before being abandoned.
An extensive search of the area where Gerrald's truck was found turned up no sign of him. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Palatka Police Department
Putnam County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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