The Doe Network:
Case File 246DMAK

Left: Tackett, circa 1986; Right: Age-progression by NCMEC at age 38

Virgil Wade Tackett
Missing since June 11, 1986 from Pelican, Skagway-Yakutat-Angoon Census Area, Alaska.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: December 26, 1968
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7; 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; blue eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: Tackett has a 12" surgical scar on his left side. A noise in his throat is audible when he breathes. He has a chicken pox scar on his forehead.
  • Clothing: He was last seen wearing a green rain gear and a grey plaid flannel shirt.

Circumstances of Disappearance
Wade, an accomplished outdoorsman, Boy Scout and ardent Mormon, was 17 when he left his Highland County home for Alaska's panhandle. He intended to spend three months fishing the icy Gulf waters for salmon, halibut and crab and working in a processing plant. He wanted to put his earnings toward future church activities, but he never got beyond his third week. According to a 16-year-old co-worker, the boys spent an afternoon exploring islands near the village of Pelican. The other boy claimed Wade took off in a 14-foot skiff but failed to return. After scouring the area for a day, Alaska State Troopers listed Wade as missing - with the strong presumption that he'd drowned.
A witness may have seen Tackett in Kingston, Ontario Canada in March of 1998; the sighting took place on Montreal and Charles Streets. Whether the person was indeed Tackett is unknown. Other witnesses have reported spotting Tackett in the Alaskan cities of Juneau, Hoona and Sitka. He may be suffering from partial or total amnesia.

If you have any information concerning Tackett's whereabouts, please contact:
Alaska State Troopers

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Source Information: Child Find Canada
Alaska State Troopers
USA TODAY (Arlington, VA) - Saturday, February 13, 1988

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