Donald Wayne Sharp
Sharp, approximately 1976
Date reported missing : 02/01/1976
Missing location (approx) :
West Portsmouth, Ohio
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 18 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6 - 5'10, 145 pounds
Medical conditions : Sharp has a history of depression.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Sandy brown hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Sharp was last seen in West Portsmouth, Ohio on February 1, 1976. He was dropped off at Shawnee State Park to go on a solo camping trip. He took a bookbag with a few days' worth of clothes, his violin, and writing papers and writing utensils. When his brothers came to pick him up, he wasn't there. Park rangers were notified and a missing persons report was filed, but he was never located.
Sharp lived in Newport, Kentucky at the time of his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation
September 2021 updates and sources
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