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    Virgil Wade Tackett (17) - Pelican AK, 1986

    Missing Since
    : June 11, 1986 from Pelican, Alaska
    : Lost/Injured Missing
    Date Of Birth
    : December 26, 1968
    : 17 years old
    Height and Weight
    : 5'7, 140 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics
    : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Tackett has a twelve-inch surgical scar on the left side of his body and a chicken pox scar on his forehead. His ears are square in shape and an audible noise is present in his throat when he breathes. Tackett may use the alias Wayne Wade or Wayne Tackett. He goes by his middle name, Wade.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description
    : A green or gray plaid flannel shirt and green rain gear.

    Details of Disappearance

    Tackett was last seen in a fourteen-foot skiff near Chichagof Island near the Alaskan panhandle on June 11, 1986. He had departed from Pelican, Alaska earlier in the day with a coworker and a dog. His coworker stated they had been exploring nearby islands before Tackett departed, leaving the companion and dog on a small island. When Tackett didn't return, his friend flagged down a passing boat. Tackett's skiff was located a short time later near Chicago Island, run aground on a sandbar with its motor still in gear. There was no sign of Tackett at the scene and he has never been heard from again. Investigators believed he may have fallen out of his skiff. He was not wearing a life jacket at the time of his disappearance.

    Tackett is an accomplished outdoorsman. He resided in Highland County, Ohio in 1986, and had left his home to spend the summer in Alaska. He had planned to job on a crab fishing boat, but ended up working at a cannery instead. He was a Boy Scout at the time of his disappearance and a devout Mormon; planned to spend his work earnings on future church activities. He vanished three weeks into his trip.

    Tackett's parents consulted a psychic after his disappearance for assistance in locating him. The psychic said Tackett suffered a head injury on the day of his disappearance and was nursed back to health by unidentified individuals who then adopted him. She believes Tackett is living in a remote area within about sixty miles of where he was last seen, and that he now goes by another name. No evidence has been located to support the psychic's theory.

    There were several unconfirmed sightings of Tackett in the years following his disappearance. Witnesses may have spotted him in the Alaskan cities of Juneau, Hoona and Sitka. Tackett may also have been seen in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in March 1998, on Montreal Street and Charles Street. It is possible that Tackett may be suffering from total or partial amnesia. His case remains unsolved.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Alaska State Troopers
    Child Find Canada


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