William Carl Reed
Reed, approximately 1987
Date reported missing : 08/13/1987
Missing location (approx) :
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 31 years old
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Reed was last seen near Siloam Springs, Arkansas, on August 13, 1987. In 1988, his remains were found in Mayes County, Oklahoma, but they were not identified at the time. In 2011, police got DNA samples from Reed's family, and in March 2019, his body was identified. The case is being investigated as a homicide.
Other information and links : ncy
Benton County, Arkansas Sheriff's Department
Delaware County, Oklahoma Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Citizen Observer
The Doe Network
The Joplin Globe
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