Donald Ray Billings
Billings, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 02/14/1997
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 05/16/1966 (55)
Age at the time of disappearance: 30 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 160 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Jeans and low-cut brown shoes.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Billings may have a mustache. He has a gap between his upper front teeth. His nickname is Donnie.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Billings was involved in an automobile accident on Route 16 near the Hungry Mother Grocery. in Marion, Virginia at 5:00 p.m. on February 14, 1997. He had been driving his sister's car. He did not appear to be injured in the accident and he told the other driver involved that he was all right.
Billings walked away from the scene of the crash, down the road towards Mitchell Valley. He has never been heard from again. Weather conditions were cold and icy on the day of his disappearance.
It is believed that Billings may have hitched a ride with a truck driver at the VillAge at the time of disappearance: Truck Stop along Interstate 81 in Atkins, Virginia. Atkins is located between Bristol and Roanoke, Virginia. Few details are available in Billings's case, which remains unsolved.
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Smyth County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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