WA WILLIAM VERN DOWNEY: Missing from Seattle, WA - 8 May 1987 - Age 12


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William's photo is shown age-progressed to 36 years. He was last seen on May 8, 1987. William may still be in the local area. He has a scar on his left nostril. When William was last seen he was wearing blue jeans, a striped shirt, white sneakers and a gold chain. He may go by the nickname Billy.

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Missing Since: 05/08/1987
Missing From: Seattle, Washington
Classification: Endangered Missing
Sex: Male
Race: White
Date of Birth: 09/24/1974 (45)
Age: 12 years old
Height and Weight: 5'0 - 5'1, 90 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A striped shirt, blue jeans, white sneakers and a gold chain.
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Sandy blond hair, blue eyes. William has scars on his left nostril and near his right eye. His upper left front tooth was chipped at a pronounced diagonal angle at the time of his 1987 disappearance. William's left ear is pierced. His nickname is Billy. William is right-handed. He spoke with a deep, husky voice in 1987. His hair may be longer than in the photos shown. Some agencies spell William's middle name "Vern."

Details of Disappearance
William left a note for his mother at their family's Seattle, Washington residence on May 8, 1987. The letter stated that he was spending the night at a friend's home. When William failed to return to his house the following day, the friend said that he never saw him the evening before.

Another witness stated that William was seen entering a large white car, possibly a 1974 or 1975 Chevrolet Impala, in Seattle later in the day on May 8. He may have remained in the general area after his disappearance. He has never been heard from again.

William may have departed from his residence of his own accord, but the circumstances surrounding his disappearance are unclear. He was a student at Sylvester Middle School at the time that he went missing, and his friends tended to be people much older than himself. His case remains unsolved.


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Left and Center: Downey, circa 1987; Right: Age-Progressed to age 36 (circa 2011)

William Vern Downey
Missing since May 8, 1987 from Seattle, King County, Washington.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics
  • Date Of Birth: September 24, 1974
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'1; 90 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Blond hair; blue eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: Downey has a scar on his left nostril and one in his right eye area. His left ear is pierced.
  • Dentals: His left front tooth is chipped at a pronounced diagonal angle.
  • Clothing: Blue jeans, a striped shirt, white sneakers and a gold chain.
  • AKA: Billy
  • Dentals: X-rays Available
  • DNA: Available
Circumstances of Disappearance

Downey was last seen on May 8, 1987. He left his mother a note saying he was going to stay overnight with a friend. His mother later discovered he had not spent the night there.

A large white car, possibly a 1974-75 Chevrolet Impala was seen driving in the vicinity just after Downey left. This vehicle had not been seen in the area previously. He may still be in the local area

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
King County Sheriff's Office

All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis.

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