Perry Otto Corlew
Perry, approximately 1974; Age when reported missing: 45 (approximately 2001)
Date reported missing : 03/15/1974
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/05/1956 (65)
Age at the time of disappearance: 17 years old
Height / Weight : 6'2 - 6'4, 155 - 165 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Perry wears eyeglasses.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Perry was last seen in Grayling, Michigan on March 15, 1974. He got into a motor vehicle accident in front of the Rialto Theater at 8:30 p.m., while driving a green 1971 Buick Skylark he was in the process of purchasing. The accident was a minor one; no one was injured and Perry only broke a headlight.
Perry drove away from the scene before the police could arrive. His family believes he did so because he had a poor driving record and was on probation for breaking and entering. His car was found ninety minutes later, along the side of Interstate 75 about fifteen miles south of Grayling.
The engine was running, the lights were on and the driver's side door was open, but there was no sign of Perry at the scene. There were also no footprints in the snow around the vehicle. He has never been heard from again.
There were several possible sightings of him in the years following his disappearance, and his brother thought Perry tried to call him, but none of the contacts have been confirmed.
Perry's friends stated he had been thinking of traveling to California, and there was also speculation that he went to southern Michigan or to Florida, but his whereabouts after March 1974 are unknown. His dental records have been lost. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Crawford County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
The Traverse City Record-Eagle
The Crawford County Avalanche
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October 12, 2004. January 18, 2011; Height / Weight : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
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