Aaron John Watkins
Watkins, approximately 2007; Age when reported missing: 24 (approximately 2013)
Date reported missing : 11/11/2007
Missing location (approx) :
Elizabeth, New Jersey
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 08/23/1989 (31)
Age at the time of disappearance: 18 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6 - 5'8, 140 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, black shoes and a green baseball cap.
Medical conditions : Watkins had been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder prior to his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Watkins has a pierced tongue, pierced ears, and a mole under his right eye. His birth name is Aaron Lee Erickson.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Watkins was last seen in Elizabeth, New Jersey on November 11, 2007. He left home driving his roommate's 1997 Jeep to visit an acquaintance and collect some of his belongings from that person's home. He has never been heard from again. The Jeep was found abandoned on the Driscoll Bridge, with his phone inside, at 6:45 p.m. that same day. A search of the Raritan River below turned up no sign of Watkins, and no one saw anybody jump off the bridge.
Watkins was adopted at the Age at the time of disappearance: of nine. He had a troubled history and ran away from home multiple times as a teenAge at the time of disappearance: r, and he was reportedly using both street drugs and prescription drugs, as well as alcohol, at the time of his disappearance. Although he had threatened suicide, his biological mother doesn't believe he would have taken his own life.
He was working in the construction field at the time of his disappearance. He lived in Plainfield, New Jersey and that city's police are investigating his case.
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Plainfield Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
New Jersey State Police
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