The Doe Network:
Case File 108DMOR

Left: Ackerson, circa 1990; Right: Age-progressed image of Ackerson at age 35 (circa 2008)

Walter Thomas Ackerson
Missing since March 24, 1990 from Yachats, Lincoln County, Oregon.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: July 6, 1973
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7; 128 lbs
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Blonde hair; blue eyes.
  • Dentals: He has crooked teeth with gaps between them.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Ackerson was last seen by three male companions at Nye Beach in Newport, OR on March 24, 1990.
Ackerson, of Puyallup, Washington, was reported as a runaway from the Angell Job Corps after he left with three other students, one of which was Troy Culver. The three returned later that evening without Ackerson.

Troy Culver was indicted on murder and manslaughter charges regarding Ackerson, in June 2010. Culver first told police he recalled going to Newport with Ackerson. Then in August 2009, Culver, who was on post-prison supervision on a conviction for encouraging child sex abuse, told his parole officer that he had killed Ackerson.

Culver and the others had spent that March 1990 day at the beach drinking beer and hanging out with friends. That evening, Culver admits to have assaulted Ackerson to the point of unconsciousness or death and threw his body off the Yaquina Bay Bridge.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
Missing Persons Unit

All information may be submitted anonymously.

NCMEC #: NCMC738392

NCIC Number: M-950917186
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information: The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
Oregon State Police Missing Children Clearinghouse

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