Missing since November 13, 1980 from the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina
Circumstances of Disappearance
Mays was last seen in a boat 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on November 13, 1980.
Jeffrey and Ted Wall, were last seen about 13.30 p.m. on Thursday, November 13, 1980, about 16 miles southeast of the inlet. A commercial fisherman from Hatteras told the Coast Guard he helped the two repair the engine of Jeffrey's 23-foot boat, the Sea Ox.
The search for the missing men and boat began about 21.00 that evening and continued for two weeks. Coast Guard boats, Navy, Marine, Air Force and Coast Guard helicopters were used to cover more than 211,000 miles of ocean.
Jeffrey's boat, the Sea Ox, was considered unsinkable. The Sea Ox boats are filled with foam flotation that can keep them just under the surface even when swamped. The lost boat had a 280-horsepower engine.
Authorities haven't found anything from the boat, which is unusual.
Friends and family of Mays doesn't believe Jeffrey is dead.
According to the family, the commercial fishermen had started selling drugs. Jeff was hanging out with Ted Wall, and they think Ted was owing some people money.
There has been several sightings, but none has been substantiated. The family thinks he may be living in Alaska.
Jefferey's mother, Shirley Mays, has committed her life to finding Jeffrey. She has written a book, "Outer Banks Piracy, Where Is My Son Jeffrey?" She is hoping the book will open up more doors in her search for her son.
Investigators U.S. Coast Guard - Cape Hatteras
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U.S. Coast Guard - Cape Hatteras
PittsburghLIVE.com - 11/7/04
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