Brian Richard Bleyl

1 AP
Left: Brian, circa 1981;
Right: Age-progression to age 43 (circa 2011)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 28, 1981 from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: December 2, 1968
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'11, 100 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond/brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue gym shirt and dark blue gym pants.
  • Medical Conditions: Brian is diabetic and requires insulin to regulate his condition.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Brian disappeared while collecting money while working his Phoenix Gazette newspaper route in Phoenix, Arizona at approximately 3:00 p.m. on February 28, 1981. He was riding his bicycle and was last seen in the area of north 9th Avenue and west Myrtle Avenue. He has never been heard from again.

    Stephen Michael Wilson was arrested in 1989 and charged with Brian's abduction, molestation and murder. He allegedly confessed to three witnesses about his role in Brian's case. Wilson, who was openly gay, reportedly became enraged and attacked Brian after the boy made homophobic remarks to him. Brian's bicycle was found a few yards from Wilson's apartment, and neighbors reported seeing the boy near the apartment around the time he vanished, but there were no bloodstains or any other physical evidence to indicate that a crime had been committed.

    A jury acquitted Wilson of all charges in 1990. He died of AIDS-related causes in 1994. He maintained his innocence in Brian's case until the end. Brian has never been located and his disappearance remains unsolved. Foul play is suspected.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Phoenix Police Department
    602-261-8042 (Daytime Number)

    OR
    602-261-6141 (Nighttime Number)

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Arizona Republic
    Operation Lookout
    The Phoenix New Times
    USA Today
    Phoenix Police Department

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 9, 2012; age-progression updated.

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