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Missing David Wayne Waggoner
Waggoner, circa 1971
Missing Since 10/09/1971
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 11/11/1947 (73)
Age 23 years old
Height and Weight 5'9, 160 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A watch. Clothing unknown, but he usually wore dress shirts and slacks or blue jeans.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Waggoner has small vertical scars on both of his cheeks and a horizontal scar on his chin. He wore dark-rimmed eyeglasses at the time of his 1971 disappearance. He broke his collarbone once and fractured his skull twice in motorcycle accidents prior to his disappearance. Waggoner is slightly deaf in his left ear.
Details of Disappearance Waggoner last spoke to his family on October 9, 1971 from Pasadena, Texas. He has never been heard from again. He apparently took with him only his wallet and a .9 millimeter pistol. His car, with the key in the ignition, was found parked in front of his apartment on Lafferty Street in Pasadena, and some clothes, Waggoner's suitcase, and a small amount of money were left inside his home.
A hunter located Waggoner's red Honda 350 motorcycle in the woods off U. S. Highway 59 in Cold Springs, Texas, seventy miles north of Houston, Texas, approximately two weeks after his initial disappearance. His helmet was sitting on top of it. There has been no trace of Waggoner since that time.
Waggoner's family believes he may have been accosted by James C. "Humpy" Parker, then the sheriff of San Jacinto County, Texas. James and two of his deputies went to prison for detaining and torturing young men they met on U.S. Highway 59 during the 1970s and early 1980s. In particular, they liked to target "hippies," African-American men, motorcyclists, and men with bumper stickers advertising rock stations.
They were caught in 1983 and each received a ten-year prison sentence. James and his son Gary, a reserve deputy with the department, also faced federal charges for arresting motorists on trumped-up charges to extort bail money from them.
Waggoner served four years in the United States Marines. He was unemployed at the time of his disappearance; he quit his last job several weeks before he went missing because it bored him. He was close to his parents, who lived nearby, and his sister, and his loved ones do not believe he would have left without warning. They also stated he was not depressed or suicidal in 1971.
Waggoner's parents are now deceased, but his sister is still searching for him. Authorities believe he may have been taken against his will.
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