She says she dated him when she was 14 and he was 18. It sounds like she dated him when they were in Massachusetts, just months before he went missing. I wonder when school got let out and why it is stated that he was last seen in Cleavland, but believed to be in Massachusetts? I can't find a single unidentified black John Doe from Massachusetts prior to 1980s in NamUs.There are mentions of a Furman T Byrd from Cleveland in this interview with the artist Nan Goldin: Oral history interview with Nan Goldin, 2017 April 30-May 13 | Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution | Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
She says they knew each other at a boarding school in Western Massachusetts. She says she has tried to find him but without success. She says he went to Boston University.
Did you submit this?Could several things about Furman been reported incorrectly? Especially given when he supposedly disappeared. This John Doe appeared on my FB thread and I thought of Furman. It looks like the photo of him was taken at an odd angle...almost looking down on him, which I took into consideration when comparing photos. I see some similarities. Plus, I didn’t read anything stating exactly where the UID had been shot - maybe in the head or face?
Have you seen this child? JOHN DOE 1968
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Massachusetts State Police is looking into identifying cold cases from the past 40 years. I am guessing anything prior to that is no longer available.
Families tend to cope with 'well perhaps, xyz started a new life elsewhere' instead of accepting the harsh, bitter reality. That cope lasts for decades until someone (usually a younger sibling/cousin) files a missing report long after parents died.It's a good sign that you don't have many friends.
That is a good find!… I wonder if it is the same guy?An obit for a Furman Byrd in Massachusetts in 1986. The obit doesn't mention parents/siblings, just his wife and kids, so his blood family might have reported him missing not knowing he passed. Thoughts?
Anderson Independent-Mail 29 Jun 1986, page 16 - Newspapers.com
Yes that could be his father. That name does not seem to be common and like you said in MA…