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    Darron Glass (10) - Atlanta GA, 1980

    Missing Since: September 14, 1980 from Atlanta, Georgia
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Age: 10 years old
    Height and Weight: 4'9, 75 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.

    Details of Disappearance

    Glass's parents are both deceased. He was living with a foster mother, Fannie Mae Smith, and three other children in Atlanta, Georgia in 1980. He had lived with her for less than three months before her disappeared on September 14. He was last seen at 4:00 p.m. leaving Smith's house; she assumed he had gone out to play. Shortly afterwards, Smith got an emergency phone call from someone claiming to be Glass, but he hung up before he was able to speak to her and never called back. Glass has never been heard from again.

    Investigators believe Glass may have been a victim of the Atlanta Child Killer, the nickname for a serial killer thought to be responsible for the deaths of over a score of African-American youths, mostly boys and mostly from poor families, in Atlanta in the early 1980s. The listed victims' ages ranged from seven years old to twenty-eight and they were killed in a variety of ways. Some were missing for months before their remains were found. Only Glass has never been located.

    Wayne Bertram Williams, a music promoter and freelance photographer, was convicted of murdering two of the oldest listed Atlanta victims in 1982. He maintained his innocence in all of the cases. The presiding judge at his trial allowed prosecutors to bring in evidence linking Williams to the other victims. After his conviction, the police closed the files on the 22 other deaths, concluding that Williams had killed them as well. A photograph of Williams is posted below this case summary.

    It is worth considering, however, that there are doubts about Williams's guilt and many suspect the Atlanta Child Killer was actually several serial killers operating independently of one another, or even the Ku Klux Klan. One of the police officers on the task force that arrested Williams stated he did not believe Williams had ever killed anyone at all. Nonetheless, Williams remains in prison and all of his appeals have been rejected. The investigation into five of the Atlanta child murders was reopened in 2005, but it was closed again in 2006 without any new indictments being handed down or new evidence being uncovered.

    Smith described Glass as a immature but streetwise child who had many friends and ran away several times a month, but he was never gone for very long. He lived in another foster home for about a year before moving in with Smith. His status as a victim of the Atlanta Child Killer is tenuous; he was listed only because he fit the profile. Glass remains missing and foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved. His case remains unsolved.

    Above: Wayne Williams

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    Atlanta, Georgia Office


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