Details of Disappearance Reed was last seen in Zanesville, Ohio on November 29, 1998. His mother, his sister and her boyfriend went to his apartment that day to help him install a home entertainment center. Then he got a phone call and said he had to go. He has never been heard from again.
On December 2, his van was found at an apartment complex on Cedar Street in Newark, Ohio, near the county jail. The white sweater he had worn on the day of his disappearance was lying on the floor of the van. The day after it was found, one of his three roommates called Reed's parents and recommended they file a missing persons report. That roommate was subsequently arrested on unrelated cocaine charges.
Reed was a low-level drug dealer at the time of his disappearance, selling cocaine. The police were aware of his activities and were preparing to arrest him. Authorities believe he could have been killed over drugs or money.
His family stated he was devoted to his mother and tried to hide his lifestyle from her, as she disapproved of drugs. His mother noted that although Reed's apartment had been very messy, after his disappearance his roommates thoroughly cleaned it and removed some items.
Reed's mother stated her son had $10,000 in cash at the time of his disappearance and asked her to buy him a car with it. She refused and told him to buy it himself. She believes he may have been robbed and murdered. She got a tip that he was shot three times, but this information has not been confirmed.
Reed left behind a baby daughter. He wanted to be involved in the child's life and went to court to get visitation rights for the child. Foul play is suspected in his case, which remains unsolved.
- Muskingum County Sheriff's Office
Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated June 9, 2019; clothing/jewelry description added, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.