Copes, approximately 2004
Date reported missing : 06/18/2004
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 04/27/1935 (86)
Age at the time of disappearance: 69 years old
Height / Weight : Unknown
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Copes was last seen on June 18, 2004. He left his Philadelphia, Pennsylvania home that day driving his white 1994 Lincoln sedan. He was supposed to go visit his mother, but never arrived.
It has been established that Copes was later in a vehicular accident in Dumfries, Virginia, but this is the last known indication of his whereabouts. Few details are available in his case.
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Philadelphia Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Philadelphia Daily News
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