Ted Haywood Wall
Wall, approximately 1980; Sea Ox fishing boat
Date reported missing : 11/13/1980
Missing location (approx) :
Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1 - 6'2, weight unknown
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Sandy blond hair, hazel eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Wall was last seen sixteen miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina at 1:30 p.m. on November 13, 1980. He was with a companion,Â Harold Jeffrey Mays, a close friend and fellow commercial fisherman. Another fisherman stated he helped Mays and Wall repair and restart their 280-horsepower Volvo engine. They have never been heard from again.
The men went out in the ocean in Mays's 23-foot inboard-outboard Sea-Ox commercial fishing boat. A photo of a similar boat is posted below this case summary. It has a fiberglass center console, black outriggers and beige sides.
The boat's registration number was NC9304 AK and the manufacturer's number was XNA30250M79J. It is very difficult to sink; it has foam flotation that would keep it just beneath the surface, even if it's swamped.
The search for the men began at 9:00 p.m. and lasted for two weeks. No sign of either the boat or the missing men was ever found, in spite of an extensive search by the Coast Guard covering 104,000 square miles of ocean.
It's possible the men's disappearances were most likely drug-related; fishermen often sold drugs in the winter when business was slack. No one has been charged in their cases, however; they remain unsolved.
Mays's mother self-published a book about her son's disappearance, titled Outer Banks Piracy: Where is My Son Jeffrey? Both she and Jeffrey's best friend believe he may be alive and in Alaska.
Other information and links : ncy
United States Coast Guard
September 2021 updates and sources
The Doe Network
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and Greensburg Tribune-Review
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