Victor Dewight Shoemaker Jr.

Victor, circa 1994; Age-progression to age 24 (circa 2013)

  • Missing Since 05/01/1994
  • Missing From Kirby, West Virginia
  • Classification Lost/Injured Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 03/30/1989 (31)
  • Age 5 years old
  • Height and Weight 4'0, 40 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A red Bugs Bunny t-shirt, red shorts, and white X-Men sneakers.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Some agencies spell Victor's middle name "Dwight." His nickname is J.R.

Details of Disappearance

Victor was visiting his grandfather in Kirby, West Virginia with his family in May 1994. He was last seen playing with his two older male cousins in a wooded area behind their grandfather's mobile home, near Short Mountain on May 1, 1994.

They played for about thirty minutes until approximately 8:30 a.m., when Victor got hungry and said he was returning to his grandfather's home for food. His cousins lost track of him in the woods. Victor has never been heard from again.

Investigators do not suspect foul play in Victor's case; they believe he became lost and died of exposure. The terrain in the Short Mountain area is very rough and rocky. Victor's disappearance was followed by five days of rainy weather with temperatures dipping down to near freezing at night. If he had been without shelter, he would not have survived.

Victor's father, however, believes his cousins may have harmed him. They were eight and nine years old at the time, and Victor's family hasn't spoken to their families since his disappearance.

A dark blue 1990 model pickup truck was seen in the area around the time Victor vanished. It has not been proven that the truck is connected to his disappearance in any way, but police are interested in speaking to the driver and finding out what he or she knows about Victor's disappearance.

Victor's case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • West Virginia State Police 304-822-3561
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation 202-324-3000

Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated October 8, 2015; details of disappearance updated.