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    TX - Texas City, WhtMale UP14589, 17-19, hit by car on Gulf Fwy, Aug'73 Joseph Spears

    Put in Namus a week ago:
    https://identifyus.org/en/cases/14589

    I searched findthemissing and I think Joseph Norman Spears is a decent potential match, especially the eyes, hair, height and weight:

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/20957/34

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    There's a thread here on Spears if anyone's interested:

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lfport-MS-1973

    Their noses look slightly different but overall, well worth submitting. Spears was a runaway from Gulfport, MS; getting to Texas in three weeks or so wouldn't have been too difficult.

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    I forgot to put **postmortem photo** in the initial post, could a mod change that? Thanks! :-)

    Charley Project says: "While Joseph was serving time at the facility, his family moved to California where his father was stationed in the Navy. He was aware of the move and planned to join them there when he was released." http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/...rs_joseph.html

    Making his way to California fits in with finding himself in Texas a few weeks after escaping, though he certainly wasn't rushing. The UID's well-groomed appearance makes me think it's less likely to be Joseph Spears, since being on the run for a few weeks wouldn't be good for appearance (unless his hair was washed before the photo to make him more close to normal appearance for ID reasons). Maybe he set himself up in that town with a job and was hoping the trail would grow cold before contacting family. Cutting his hair and shaving would of course make better sense if he wanted to avoid being detected.

    Another one I'm looking at is Alan Soper because of the scar on the wrist: https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/7770/62

    "Scar on wrist, uncertain if right or left, from cut on wrist occurring when Soper was 2 years old"

    UID:
    "scar above left wrist circular in shape"

    Soper supposedly phoned his family and said he was in California though, plus his height and age are not as good a fit as Spears.

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    Soper went missing in 1974 according to that Namus link.

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    I would submit. Both JN Spears' and the UID's profiles make mention of circular shaped scarring above the left wrist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_missing View Post
    There's a thread here on Spears if anyone's interested:

    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...lfport-MS-1973

    Their noses look slightly different but overall, well worth submitting. Spears was a runaway from Gulfport, MS; getting to Texas in three weeks or so wouldn't have been too difficult.
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    Spears looks close to me also.

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    Looks like a very close match to Spears! Good find - are you going to submit him?
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    Good find, biscuits! I definitely think you should submit him.

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    I haven't submitted the Spears idea yet, I've been overenthusiastic in the past and I think I annoyed one or two Namus admins and embarrassmed myself a bit. No DNA is available for the UID so I guess they'd have to dig his remains up to see if DNA match is possible. Searching the case number ML-73-306 finds Hayes Grace Memorial Park, it has a photo of the gravemarker if you click on "photos":

    http://www.hayesgracememorialpark.co....php?id=398245

    Thanks for the encouragement everyone, so I guess I'll submit it if no one else has already done so.


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    Quote Originally Posted by the_missing View Post
    Soper went missing in 1974 according to that Namus link.
    Oops, didn't notice that. Thanks.

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    Looking at others, an MP from Texas is Norman Prater, last seen January '73, height is perfect, as is color of hair and eyes, weight is not:

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/6542/26

    No facial hair in pics, hair is short, nose doesn't look like a good match either.
    Last edited by biscuits222; 12-29-2015 at 03:02 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by biscuits222 View Post
    Oops, didn't notice that. Thanks.
    LKA dates have been off before--just recently, wit Kerry Graham and Francine Trimble, they were listed as having gone missing a year after they did! Please submit, I think you might be onto something...they look so close, and everything fits.
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    To get the ball rolling slowly I sent a message to Michael Nance about Joseph Spears, so if that turns out a negative we have the others as potentials too. Now I look more closely Alan Soper was almost certainly in California, his clothes and wallet were found there, with foul play very likely due to his meeting a bad trucker. He kept regular contact with family and it would be odd to run off to Texas without telling them.

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    BTW, the pictures used on any missing sites of Joey Spears seems to have him having really light brown hair (almost blonde), which made me doubt at first (as the UID has "dark brown hair"), but if you look at the images in Namus, there is an older photo of him with dark brown hair. Hair won't go lighter, usually, with age, so I'm sure his hair was dark brown.

    That said, I'm now 110% sure it's him. There's just too many things that are the same, and it's easy to put a story around it. Also, as he escaped from a detention centre, he probably wouldn't have had ID on him. I'm sure you are right on this one, biscuits222. This is going to be the next big match. Keep us posted...
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