TX TX - Max Lilburn Stone, 42, Lubbock, 30 Dec 1976

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  1. Gardener1850

    Gardener1850 Timeline Guru (Still Remembering Cupcake)

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    Missing Person / NamUs #MP61128
    Max Lilburn Stone

    Male, White / Caucasian
    Height 5' 3" - 6' 3" (63 - 75 Inches)
    Weight 120 - 200 lbs

    Hair Color Unknown
    Eye Color Unknown

    Circumstances
    Date of Last Contact December 30, 1976
    NamUs Case Created October 26, 2019
    Last Known Location Map
    Location Lubbock, Texas
    Lubbock County

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Stone was last seen drinking at a Brownfield Highway bar.

    Transportation
    1973 Pontiac
    Color Yellow
    Comments: Impounded on 12/31/1976. Parked in a lane of traffic on 300-block of E. 34th St.

    The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
     


  2. Melt71

    Melt71 Well-Known Member

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    Seems like Lubbock has been uploading their old MP files recently. Wonder if they've also uploaded their old UIDs as well?
     
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    Gardener1850 Timeline Guru (Still Remembering Cupcake)

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    Nope. There is only 1 UID case from Lubbock in NAMUS currently, from 2016, and it sounds like they may know who he is (there is a living photo and full name): The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs)
     
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    Hope this is readable, shed some more light into his disappearance


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    Parents Now Believe Missing Son Dead ..^.f^Tf** 1 ^.. Stone's wallet and identification were jailed men has led officials here tn , m w. Thai.,m.rf,u7TnL,« ,..,,<,,._,,«,.. .„..„__.„ By PAT CARLSON Aval*Bcbe-tainuJ Staff authorized to operate vehicle: L. Stone, white male...unknown of Max L. Stone." notation on » stolen vehicle report with the Lubbock Police Department 2Vi months ago signals a fact that had local lawmen snaking their heads frustration ever since — a baffling set circumstances surrounds the disappearance of a man named Max Stone. 4,ryear-okJ registered medical reportedly w.w last seen 31 by two men now Jailed for felony ot Stooo's car. On that same day. Stone's wallet and identification were found near the Tahoka Highway. He nev cr picked up his last paycheck at a local hospital, nor did he ever return to his Southwest Lubbock apartment. Investigators say there is "no doubt" Stone's disappearance was not voluntary. According to Lubbock County sheriff's deputies, one of the jailed men said his companion stabbed the missing man and held his head in water. After reportedly repudiating that statement, the witness laf.t told officials he had seen Stone slabbed twice to the left rib cage by (he other man. Information in the stories ot the two jailed men has led officials here to a mW- weslcrn state and over countless miles of county roads and brushland by car, helicopter and horseback. The investigation, launched by Die Lubbock Police Department, begun with the arrest of a 25-year-old Lubbock man for allegedly being drunk in a car. About 4 a.m. on New Year's Eve, police spotted a yellow 1973 Pontiac parked in a iane of traffic in the 300-block of E. 34lh Street. The man slumped behlnl the steering wheel reportedly was rtnank and waj booked into the Lubbock Clt? JalL The car was impounded at a ktcaJ wrecker yard. That same day, a billfold and identification were found near the Tahoka Highway and were turned in lo the police department property room about 2 p.m. On Jan. 5, property officer Doug Dertien wrote to a Dallas couple that the property of their son, Max Stone, had been found. Two days later. Oct. Sgt. Charles Park, unaware of the previous events, received » call to check Into the disappearance of Stone. A missing person's report was filed by Park Jan 7. but It was not until six days later that he was toM Ihe missing man's property had been found. According to Paik, it was that same day that detectives, "on a hunch," checked local wrecker yarda and discovered Stone's car had been impounded two weeks earlier. On Jan. 14, a felony then warrant was issued for the man arrested for drunken. ness Police traveled to Quanah, MM the Oklahoma border, and apprehended the man, who uid he and a companion kad. '"'JT? l tole Wilkln « *»"" • *»««> road In Lubbock County. , After detectives Manned ovtiyfcw areas Jan. IS and 16, the caw wa* tarnrd over to the sheriff's department wbeo it See SEARCH ?a«c 13

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    Max Lilburn Stone – The Charley Project

    Max Lilburn Stone

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    Stone, circa 1976

    Missing Since: 12/30/1976
    Missing From: Lubbock, Texas
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Sex: Male
    Race: White
    Age: 42 years old
    Height and Weight: Unknown
    Medical Conditions: Stone was in poor health at the time of his disappearance, and took medication which he doesn't have with him.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male.

    Details of Disappearance

    Stone was last seen at a bar on Brownfield Highway in Lubbock, Texas on December 30, 1976. He has never been heard from again and there is no evidence he ever returned to his apartment in the southwest part of town. All his belongings were left behind, including his last paycheck and his medication.

    His yellow 1973 Pontiac was impounded at 4:00 a.m. on December 31, after it was found parked in a lane of traffic in the 300 block of east 34th Street. The driver, Victor Briones, was drunk and he was arrested and booked into the Lubbock City Jail. That same day at 2:00 p.m., Stone's wallet and identification were found near Tahoka Highway and turned in to the police.

    Stone's parents were notified about the wallet being found on January 5. Two days later, his parents reported him missing, but the investigating officer did not realize Stone's wallet had been located. He did, however, check local impound lots for Stone's vehicle and found out that it had been impounded on December 31.

    On January 14, a felony theft warrant was issued for Briones in connection with Stone's car. He was arrested in Quanah, a town near the Oklahoma border. Briones stated he and a friend, Felix Ybarra Jr., had had last seen Stone walking down a deserted road in Lubbock County. The Lubbock Police Department began searching outlying parts of the city for Stone, then turned the case over to the sheriff's office when it became evident that the incident had happened outside the city limits. Ybarra had traveled back to his home in Nebraska after Stone's disappearance, and he was arrested there and charged with felony theft. The charges for both men were upgraded to aggravated robbery in April 1977.

    Authorities believe the two suspects killed Stone in order to steal his vehicle. One of the men said the other had stabbed Stone and held his head in the water. When investigators asked the second man about this, he denied it and said the first man had stabbed Stone twice in the left side of his ribcage. The suspects also apparently stole Stone's watch; one of them subsequently gave it to his father-in-law as a gift, and the police took it into evidence when they learned of this.

    Although investigators hoped to file murder charges against Ybarra and Briones, Stone's body was never found and it's unclear whether the suspects were ever charged with murder. The outcome of the robbery case is unknown.

    Stone was in regular touch with his parents at the time of his disappearance. He worked as a medical technologist at University Hospital, but planned to quit his job and move back to Dallas, Texas, where his parents lived, because he hoped the warmer climate of Dallas might improve his health. Foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.

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    Refreshing for Max…
     
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    Well that one has me scratching my head, haven’t seen that before. Is their nothing to use as a comparison?
     
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    I live very close by and still have the same questions.
     
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