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    Anthony Ross Allen (16) - Fort Smith AR, 1978

    Missing Since: October 1978 from Fort Smith, Arkansas
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Date Of Birth: February 7, 1962
    Age: 16 years old
    Height and Weight: 6'1 - 6'2, 135 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Allen's nickname is Tony. He wore a shoe size 10 1/2 or 11 and a pants size 28x34 or 28x35 in 1978. He has a small mole under his left eye near his nose, a cyst on his calf, and water on his knee.
    Clothing/Jewelry Description: A western-style shirt and jeans.

    Details of Disappearance

    Allen was a sophomore at Southside High School when he was last seen in October of 1978. He left his mother's Fort Smith, Arkansas home to go live with friends in Cedarville, Arkansas.

    According to his friends, about three months later Allen and a friend went to the friend's uncle's home in Hartshorne or McAlester, Oklahoma. When the uncle found out the police were looking for the boys, he asked them to leave. They moved in with another man in the area, who had a reputation for sheltering transients and runaways. Police stopped by the man's home about an unrelated matter but Allen thought they had come to pick him up so he ran away. Police were later unable to confirm that Allen had ever been in Oklahoma, however. He may have traveled back to Fort Smith again sometime afterwards. He has never been heard from again. His loved ones have not heard from him since 1978.

    Allen's case was originally classified as a runaway, as he was a very independent teenager and had a history of periodically dropping out of sight. However, he has never been gone for very long and had always stayed in touch with his family before. They have not heard from him since 1978. In 1980, the Fort Smith Police Department re-classified his case as a missing person case. Now, foul play is suspected in Allen's disappearance. Texas authorities are assisting with the investigation.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fort Smith Police Department
    Texas Department of Public Safety


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