John Jay Ashley Jr.
Ashley, approximate photo date 1971
Missing since: 12/14/1971
Type of missing case: Missing
Date of Birth: 07/07/1953 (66)
Age at time of disappearance: 18 years old
Height / Weight: 5'4, 130 pounds
Other characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Ashley's nickname is Jay. He has a congenital defect to his right hip and one of his metatarsal (foot) bones has been previously fractured.
Details at time of disappearance: Ashley was last seen walking home from his school basketball practice in Wilmington, Delaware on December 14, 1971. He has never been heard from again. A seventeen-year-old boy disappeared from Wilmington that same night and was found drowned in February 1972, but it hasn't been proven that the cases are related.
An unidentified man whose skeletal remains were found in a vacant lot in Wilmington in April 1978 was thought to be Ashley. The man had a pelvic deformity like Ashley, but DNA testing proved they were not the same person. Ashley remains missing and few details are available in his case.
Other case information
Agency in charge: Wilmington Police Department
Other information: NamUs
The Wilmington News Journal
Psychic detective links:
Revised: October 12, 2004. Last updated June 6, 2010 picture added, details of disappearance updated.