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159DMSC - Paul Leonard Baker

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Name: Paul Leonard Baker
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: March 05, 1987
Location Last Seen: Beaufort, Beaufort County, South Carolina

Physical Description

Date of Birth: June 29, 1983
Age: 4 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 3'0"
Weight: 39 lbs.
Hair Color: Blond/Strawberry
Eye Color: Blue
Nickname/Alias: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: He has scars on his right index finger and on his chin


Dentals: Not Available
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Blue jacket, Camouflage shirt, Red pants
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Gray tennis shoes

Circumstances of Disappearance

Paul Baker was living with his father and stepmother, James and Susan Baker at the time of his disappearance. Susan Baker told police she put him down for a nap that day and returned to find him missing. Deputies and police searched the area around their home for several days but found no trace of the little boy.

After the disappearance, Pauls' 6-year-old sister was removed by state social workers who discovered broken bones and sores on her body. Susan Baker was convicted for beating the girl and sentenced to 10 years in prison for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, but the sentence was suspended after she served eighty days. A grand jury in 2000 decided there wasn’t enough evidence to prosecute James and Susan Baker for beating Paul Baker before he disappeared in 1987. Related charges of unlawful neglect were dropped in 2003. Paul has never been located.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Beaufort County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: Captain Bob Bromage
Agency Phone Number: 202-433-9183
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 874528

Agency Name: Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Agency Contact Person: Special Agent Stanley L Garland
Agency Phone Number: 202-433-9183
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: N/A

NCIC Case Number: M-238491459
NamUs Case Number: 5817
NCMEC Case Number: 5817

Information Source(s)

Carolina Morning News 6/16/00

Admin Notes

Added: Prior to 2011; Last Updated: 12/20/17

Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team

** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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