Name: Donald Ray Fortson
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: November 3, 1998
Location Last Seen: Cleveland, Blount County, Alabama
Date of Birth: December 10, 1945
Age: 52 years old
Weight: 150 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Unknown
DNA: Initial inquiry underway
Additional Personal Items: Unknown
Donald Ray Fortson and his nephew, Huey Hazelrig, were last seen in the Cleveland area. Police found the pickup truck they were last seen in engulfed in flames along Warrior Valley Road just inside Etowah County.
A friend last saw the two men together at Hazelrig's trailer and said they left together about 3:30 p.m. to go check on a car. Hazelrig collected antique cars. He made a long distance call before he left.
Hazelrig took $3000 with him when he went to look at the car. Hazelrig was a full-time farmer and he and his uncle also worked together on wallboard jobs. Both men left thousands of dollars in their bank accounts - money that has not been touched.
Both had been in trouble before but nothing too serious. Fortson was convicted of several alcohol-related charges in the mid-1990s.
Hazelrig and his uncle lived together and often worked together on gypsum wallboard jobs. Family members describe Fortson as a humble man who years ago lost his daughter to murder.
There is a strong suspicion of foul play.
Agency Name: Blount County Sheriff's Office
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 205-625-4127
Agency Case Number: Unknown
NCIC Case Number: M168728991
NamUs Case Number: 4485
Alabama Department of Public Safety
Birmingham News Archive - 11/5/01
Added: 2/25/07; Last Updated: 10/14/15
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.