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Case File 181DMCA

Left: Cordes, circa 1984; Right: Age-progressed to age 37 (circa 2005)

William Charles Cordes
Missing since March 23, 1984 from Auburn, Placer County, California.
Classification: Endangered Runaway

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: July 11, 1968
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7; 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown straight hair; hazel eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: Cordes has a birthmark on his neck and stitches in his foot.
  • AKA: Bill
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Cordes attended Golden Sierra High School. A troubled youth, he ended up in Juvenile Hall for robbery, then was sent to the Oak Ridge House group home. Cordes initially became missing when he and two other boys ran from the Children's Home Society, a group home in Auburn, CA, to go to a party.
One young man, 18, gave the teens a ride to the party, where they drank beer until about 05.00 or 06.00. No one can place the party Bill and his two friends attended that night.

On their way back from the bash, the 18-year-old's car ran out of gas on Interstate 80 near Dry Creek Road. Three teens left the car to hike to town with a gas can. Only two came back. The friends thought Cordes was in Reno by the time he was reported missing.

An initial missing persons report was canceled and authorities did not begin investigating the boy's disappearance until years later.

If you have any information concerning Cordes' whereabouts, please contact:
Placer County Sheriff's Department
Officer Lorrie Lewis

All information may be submitted anonymously.

Agency Case Number: 11185

NCMEC #: NCMC600830

NCIC Number: M-149242131
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information related to this case.

Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
California Department of Justice
The Mountain Democrat

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