John Jay Ashley Jr.

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Above Images: Ashley, circa 1971


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 14, 1971 from Wilmington, Delaware
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 7, 1953
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'4, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Ashley's nickname is Jay. He has a congenital defect to his right hip and one of his metatarsal (foot) bones has been previously fractured.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ashley was last seen walking home from his school basketball practice in Wilmington, Delaware on December 14, 1971. He has never been heard from again. A seventeen-year-old boy disappeared from Wilmington that same night and was found drowned in February 1972, but it hasn't been proven that the cases are related.

    An unidentified man whose skeletal remains were found in a vacant lot in Wilmington in April 1978 was thought to be Ashley. The man had a pelvic deformity like Ashley, but DNA testing proved they were not the same person. Ashley remains missing and few details are available in his case.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Wilmington Police Department


    Source Information
    The Wilmington News Journal


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 6, 2010; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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