Luke Tredway was abducted in May of 1984. In 1996 before his execution, Douglas Wright confessed to kidnapping and murdering young Luke after holding him captive for 36 hours. He told investigators where he had buried the child but the search was unsuccessful. They believe the confession was truthful. Luke's body has never been recovered but hopefully he will be found one day.


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Above: Luke, circa 1984

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: May 23, 1984 from Portland, Oregon
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date of Birth: 1973
Age: 10 years old
Height and Weight: 2'10, 35 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, brown/hazel eyes. Luke has scars on his earlobe, his forehead, his testicle and on the inside of his lip. He also has an appendectomy scar on his abdomen.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue down jacket with gray shoulders, a dark blue short-sleeved pullover shirt with brown and white stripes, and white faux leather sneakers with royal blue side stripes.

Details of Disappearance
Luke was last seen in Portland, Oregon on May 23, 1984. He left a friend's house at 5:15 p.m. to walk home, which was just a short distance away, but never arrived and has never been heard from again. His mother, who was nine months pregnant at the time, called the police at 7:00 p.m., but the authorities didn't initiate a search until 1:00 a.m.

The serial killer Douglas Franklin Wright confessed to Luke's murder a week before his execution by lethal injection in 1996. It was the first execution in the state of Oregon in 34 years; Wright dropped all his appeals and volunteered to die. Wright murdered four homeless men in 1991, leaving their bodies by roadsides, and in 1970 he was convicted of killing a woman and her mother. He stated he'd abducted Luke at random, kept him captive for 36 hours, sexually molested him, and shot him six times in the head. He said he'd buried the child's body in a remote area in the vicinity of Mount Hood, near the Wasco County line, but a search turned up nothing. Nevertheless, authorities believe Wright's confession was accurate. A photo of him is posted below this case summary.

Luke has never been located, but is presumed deceased.

Above: Douglas Wright

Condemned Man Admits Killing Boy - August 1996

'Happy Birthday, Luke, Wherever You Are - April 1985