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Case File 857DMCA

1 Age-Progression
Right: Age-progression at age 27 (circa 2007)

Blake Wade Pursley
Missing since June 26, 1994 from Running Springs, San Bernardino County, California.
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Blake Pursley was last seen August 18th 1979. He was living at a residential youth facility, "the CEDU School", east of Lake Arrowhead, San Bernardino.
He started school June 1. He was last seen about 20.00 going out to the barn to check the animals. One staff member saw the light go on in the barn. But Blake didn't return to his dorm room for the 22.00 check-in and has not been seen since.

Search teams tracked Pursley to a nearby highway. It's unclear whether Pursley walked away from the California boarding school or if he was abducted or coaxed away.
Pursley functions at the level of a 9-year-old because of an accident as a small child and subsequent surgeries, he is not mentally retarded. When he was 3 1/2 years old, he fell into a vat used to dip cattle with the skin disease scabies. Rescue workers performed a tracheotomy to restart his breathing. The wound became infected and destroyed his airway. Complications caused an infection in his hip and swelling in his brain that resulted in disabilities and seizures. For months, doctors at Children's Hospital in Denver performed surgeries to repair his airway and hip and drain fluid from his brain.

Blake is described as intelligent and empathetic with a quiet but compassionate personality and a bright smile.
Pursley's condition prompted his parents to send him to Cedu, a private high school for children who need one-on-one teaching.
There have been sightings reported from Banning, Murrieta, Moreno Valley, Yucaipa, Redlands and Rialto. The boy's family has looked for him in California and in Colorado, thinking he might have tried to come home, as he was homesick.

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

Twin Peaks Station
San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department

Agency Case Number: 059402413

NCMEC #: NCMC794352

NCIC Number: M-747675721
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
California Department of Justice
Child Protection Education Of America
The Press-Enterprise

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