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    FL - Mark Woodard, 19, Lakeland, 14 April 1975

    Mark Duane Woodard

    Endangered Missing from Lakeland, Florida since April 14, 1975

    Age: 19 -- Height: 5'6"-5'7" -- Weight: 170-200 lbs -- Hair Color: Brown -- Eye Color: Blue

    Mark may go by his middle name, Duane. He has a chipped front tooth.

    Duane was last seen on April 14, 1975. On that day, he was supposed to have begun a week long trip to Texas with a friend. He was reportedly carrying between $2,500-$3,000 when he left. The friend later told Duane's family that Duane had found some other people to go on the trip with, and left without him. Duane's parents last saw him the night before his planned trip. He left with very little clothing. Some evidence in the case suggests Duane never left Lakeland. Foul play is suspected.

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    The remains were found in a wooded area by two people near County Road 467 and SE 145th Street in Summerfield, Marion County, on March 22, 1977. They weren't identified as Woodard's until June 23...

    Officials said the remains showed Woodard had been shot, but wouldn't say where...

    "This opens up an investigation that will make a very cold case very active," Robbins said.

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    April 14, 1975, was the last time Woodard was seen in Lakeland. He was 19 years old, planning to travel to Texas with friends to buy marijuana. He had about $3,000 in his pockets.

    "Diann told him this is not a good idea," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "He left with a fella. And we know who the fella is and the fella comes back and he didn't."
    Forty years later, in 2015, the Polk County Sheriff's Office was reviewing missing persons cases. They decided to send DNA samples from Woodard's parents to the University of North Texas.

    The lab confirmed it was a match with human remains found in 1977 in a wooded area of Marion County. It was a homicide case; the victim had been shot. But investigators were never able to identify who it was.

    "It's amazing," Well said. "We could have found out two years later if we had the technology we have now, then."

    The news brings closure. But closure is sometimes bittersweet
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    FL - Summerfield, WhtMale, 17-25, distinctive belt buckle, Mar'77 - Mark D. Woodard
    Last edited by dotr; 08-01-2016 at 09:22 PM.

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