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4929DMPA - Eric Wayne Pyles

Eric Wayne Pyles Eric Wayne Pyles
Image 2: Age-progressed to 24 years.

Name: Eric Wayne Pyles
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: December 12, 2000
Location Last Seen: Jonestown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania

Physical Description

Date of Birth: February 20, 1988
Age: 12 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 4'8"
Weight: 95 lbs.
Hair Color: Light brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Scar on his bottom lip and an appendectomy scar.


Dentals: Not available
Fingerprints: Not available
DNA: Available

Clothing & Personal Items

Clothing: Light blue painter's pants, black sneakers, gray sweatshirt with a picture of a deer on it, and a blue flannel jacket.
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Washington Redskins book bag

Circumstances of Disappearance

Eric Wayne Pyles, who may be using the name Nick, disappeared from his school bus stop. The last likely sighting of him was the afternoon he disappeared. Someone saw a boy with a Washington Redskins book bag like Eric's running behind the Jonestown Bible Church near Eric's home. At the time, the boy appeared to be headed toward nearby U.S. Route 22.

Eric was living with his half-sister, Maria Fuhrman (her previous last name was Custer), after a court in Luray, Virginia awarded custody of Eric and his brother, Tom, to Maria and her then-husband in 1999. Life with Eric's parents was described as "chaotic."

Eric frequently ran away but always returned when it got dark. Police in Pennsylvania have been in contact with Virginia police several times, but have found no indication Eric ever went there. After his disappearance, state police said there was no evidence of foul play. It is considered a cold case, but one that the police continue to work on.

Investigating Agency(s)

Agency Name: Jonestown State Police
Agency Contact Person: Trooper Can Womer
Agency Phone Number: 717-865-2194
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: L20688560

NCIC Case Number: M471235441
NamUs Case Number: 6548
NCMEC Case Number: 901394

Information Source(s)

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Patriot-News (December 12, 2004, January 29, 2007)
Lebanon Daily News (December 10, 2012)

Admin Notes

Added: 3/8/16; Last Updated: 3/8/16

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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

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