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    AL - James Aaron Toole, 73, Dothan, 15 May 1995


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    This is heartbreaking. This family needs answers! Link to their FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/James-...939910?sk=wall

    On the Afternoon of Monday, May 15, 1995 he was at his home waiting on his youngest granddaughter to get off the school bus. Her sister came to pick up her u, and she got there just before the school bus arrived. He told his granddaughter that he would not be there the next day when her sister got off the bus and to make sure to be there in time so she would not be left alone. He said that he was going to be in Central Florida for a few days visiting some of his siblings.

    He went to work that night for a few hours at the convenient store across the street from his home but he left early. Another one of his granddaughters said that he stopped by her house that night breifly to have a conversation with his wife. She did not actually see him, but she heard him speaking with her grandmother in the kitchen. His granddaughters that he spoke with him earlier that afternoon and their mother saw him again that night when he passed them going North on Houston County Road 75.

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    Did he leave on his trip to visit siblings in central Florida? Also, is his car missing? Where did he live? Was it in the Houston area? I'm not clear on the details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McSpy View Post
    Did he leave on his trip to visit siblings in central Florida? Also, is his car missing? Where did he live? Was it in the Houston area? I'm not clear on the details.

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    Yes, He told my sister, his Granddaughter, that he was going to visit his Brother. His car has never been found. In lived in a small town called Pansey, Alabama, right out side of Dothan Al.


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    I took a look at the FB page and it looks like he may have left for central Florida. Is there any info on the vehicle? What kind (year and make)? Was it possible he went off the road in a wooded area or into water? Did he make it to central Florida? Was he planning to stop at a hotel or motel to sleep or was he planning to drive straight through?


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    Quote Originally Posted by McSpy View Post
    I took a look at the FB page and it looks like he may have left for central Florida. Is there any info on the vehicle? What kind (year and make)? Was it possible he went off the road in a wooded area or into water? Did he make it to central Florida? Was he planning to stop at a hotel or motel to sleep or was he planning to drive straight through?
    We don't have much information on the car. And we can't get a clear answer from the people working the case. We were able to get a tag number from the police that first worked the case. He never made it to Fl. He didn't tell us that he had planned on stopping and staying the night in a hotel/motel. He never stopped over before.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ASHLEYSOLOMON View Post
    We don't have much information on the car. And we can't get a clear answer from the people working the case. We were able to get a tag number from the police that first worked the case. He never made it to Fl. He didn't tell us that he had planned on stopping and staying the night in a hotel/motel. He never stopped over before.
    Do your parents or other older relatives remember what kind of vehicle he owned?


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    According to the missing person's report, he was last seen heading north on Houston County Road 75. How far was this from his home? Was there a reason he would have been heading north on that road? In other words, did he have to pick something up or have his car looked at before he left for Florida?

    I have a lot of questions, because there is little said on the details. Here are some more questions:

    Was his suitcase missing from his home? Were there clothes and shoes missing? Did he live alone? Did he have a credit card? Were the relatives in Florida expecting him?


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    Quote Originally Posted by McSpy View Post
    According to the missing person's report, he was last seen heading north on Houston County Road 75. How far was this from his home? Was there a reason he would have been heading north on that road? In other words, did he have to pick something up or have his car looked at before he left for Florida?

    I have a lot of questions, because there is little said on the details. Here are some more questions:

    Was his suitcase missing from his home? Were there clothes and shoes missing? Did he live alone? Did he have a credit card? Were the relatives in Florida expecting him?
    County Road 75 was the road right in front of his house and his job was right across the road. From our understanding he was going to say Bye to his wife, whom was living down the road from him with her daughter. Also on County road 75. From my understanding all of his clothes, suitecases, jewelry, and even medicines were still in the house. He was living alone at the time but him and his wife were still married and they were living apart. None of his bank account was ever messed with. And no his relatives weren't expecting him. I am trying to answer all the questions but I was very young when this happened and I have to go by what other people have said. And we aren't able to get clear answers from the people working the case.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ASHLEYSOLOMON View Post
    County Road 75 was the road right in front of his house and his job was right across the road. From our understanding he was going to say Bye to his wife, whom was living down the road from him with her daughter. Also on County road 75. From my understanding all of his clothes, suitecases, jewelry, and even medicines were still in the house. He was living alone at the time but him and his wife were still married and they were living apart. None of his bank account was ever messed with. And no his relatives weren't expecting him. I am trying to answer all the questions but I was very young when this happened and I have to go by what other people have said. And we aren't able to get clear answers from the people working the case.
    Thanks for all the answers to my questions. I bolded part of your answer, which could be an important clue. If he didn't take a suitcase, maybe he didn't get a chance to pack and
    something happened before he got a chance to go to Florida. Here are some more questions, I hope you can answer: Why did he live separately from his wife? Did they get along? Were there other family members living in the same house other than his wife and daughter? Did he ever pick up hitchhikers or someone that needed a ride to town? Was he easy going and friendly? I notice that the area is rural, what did he do for a living when he was younger? Did he ever have business partners or employees?

    Thanks for filling in these details, I'm trying to wrap my mind around this. I'd like to see you find him, it has been too long!


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    Quote Originally Posted by McSpy View Post
    Thanks for all the answers to my questions. I bolded part of your answer, which could be an important clue. If he didn't take a suitcase, maybe he didn't get a chance to pack and something happened before he got a chance to go to Florida. Here are some more questions, I hope you can answer: Why did he live separately from his wife? Did they get along? Did his wife live with others, perhaps other family members? Did he ever pick up hitchhikers or someone that needed a ride to town? Was he easy going and friendly?

    Thanks for filling in these details, I'm trying to wrap my mind around this. I'd like to see you find him, it has been too long!
    Him and his wife weren't living together at the time. I think they had had a fight (words) and she got mad at him and went to stay with her daughter. I don't want this to come across wrong but him and his wife would do this. They would get mad at each other and she would go stay with her daughter and then a week later they were fine and back together. I am not sure about the hitchhikers. He was VERY friendly to everyone!
    I know there are a lot of holes in his story. And my sister and I are trying to get some answers but it's so hard for us since it was 16 years ago. And we were both so young. Its like we are starting over from the start.
    Thank you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by ASHLEYSOLOMON View Post
    Him and his wife weren't living together at the time. I think they had had a fight (words) and she got mad at him and went to stay with her daughter. I don't want this to come across wrong but him and his wife would do this. They would get mad at each other and she would go stay with her daughter and then a week later they were fine and back together. I am not sure about the hitchhikers. He was VERY friendly to everyone!
    I know there are a lot of holes in his story. And my sister and I are trying to get some answers but it's so hard for us since it was 16 years ago. And we were both so young. Its like we are starting over from the start.
    Thank you!
    Have you sat down with your parents and asked any questions on this? They may be able to fill in some details. Do you know when people started to realize that he was missing? Did 1, 2 or 3 weeks pass before people became worried? I find it unusual that he didn't inform his relatives in Florida that he was going to visit them. Was this his usual way of doing things? I also feel it is unusual that his medicine was still in his house. It really makes me think that he never took the trip to Florida.

    Thanks!


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    Here's a link to a Google Map of Dothan, AL, pointing to County Road 75. This portion is not a very long road, perhaps it led to his home. The highway also runs outside of Dothan, on the east side of town.

    http://g.co/maps/qybvp

    Maybe he was on his way home to pick up his things and begin his trip? There's not enough details to work with here.

    If he were traveling to central FL, he may have traveled south of Dothan on Hwy 231 to Interstate 10, then east from there.

    Another possible route would be Hwy 84 east to Interstate 75, then south.


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    I took a look at Google maps of County Rd. 75 and noticed there were a lot of farms. My first thought on what happened to him was that he had a heart attack while driving, which caused his car to go off the road and into the trees. Was the area ever searched? There aren't too many wooded areas on 75 and I'm sure there are hunters in the area (they usually find things in woods), but it may be worthwhile to search in the existing wooded areas up against the road. Permission from the owners may be needed though. Even if you don't find anything, you can at least rule it out and concentrate on another possibility for your grandfather's disappearance.


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    Was his wife your grandmother? In other words, was he remarried to another woman or was she his life long wife and your grandmother? If you feel uncomfortable answering any of my questions, please don't answer. I'm cool with that and respect your family's privacy and wishes. I'm just trying to wrap my mind around his disappearance. Thanks!


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