The Doe Network:
Case File 3801DMAK

Age-progressed to 20 years

Michael Timothy Palmer
Missing since June 4, 1999 from Wasilla, Alaska
Classification: Lost, Injured, Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: January 8, 1984
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 15 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5" (165 cm); 110 lbs (50 kg)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Light brown hair; blue eyes.
  • Clothing: He was last seen wearing a black "Marlboro" jacket with red stripes, a tee shirt, and blue jeans.
  • Dentals: Available
  • AKA: Mike

Circumstances of Disappearance
Michael Palmer was last seen riding his bicycle on his way home on the evening of June 4, 1999 on Pittman Road and Silver Drive in the Meadow Lakes area northwest of Wasilla. School was out and Michael was spending Thursday night at a friend's house on June 3, 1999. He and three friends slipped out and rode their bicycles to a graduation party.

At about 4.00, the boys started the 9-mile ride home. Michael, the last to pedal down Pittman Road, vanished. He was supposed to be going to a friend�s house near Mile 51 of the Parks Highway, five miles south, but never showed up. When Palmer never reached them, the three boys stopped about three miles away and waited about 40 minutes. They assumed Palmer had gone to his home, which is on the way. Palmer's mother reported him missing at 15.00.

Michael's bicycle was found intact in the Little Susitna River, about a half mile north of the intersection. His shoes were an a field at an airstrip 200 yards away from the river. The shoes were wet and one was untied, and they were sitting next to each other as if someone had set them aside. No other personal items of the boy's were located. Troopers have searched the river and adjoining woods, interviewed residents along more than two miles of Pittman Road, and visited runaway shelters in the Valley and Anchorage. 

Air sweeps were made over a six-mile stretch of a clear, shallow creek in which the boy's bicycle was found have shown nothing to indicate he drowned. Scent-dog searches along the banks turned up nothing to suggest he became injured nearby. Followup checks on all recently reported crimes in the area offered no evidence he fell victim to foul play. Nor did interviews with recent reported runaways suggest he ran away from his Wasilla home. Residents along miles of roadways claimed they saw nothing.

Searchers did find a canoe caught on a logjam 200 yards downstream. The canoe was one often left in the area off Pittman Road, where Palmer and three friends were riding home from a party early Friday. But no one found any paddles or sign of Palmer. Had Palmer gotten into trouble in the water, it's unlikely his body could have passed through the logjam.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Alaska State Troopers

Agency Case Number: 990035723
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
Anchorage Daily News

 The Frontiersman

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