Michael James Borges

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Michael, circa 2005;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 25 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 30, 2005 from Fayetteville, North Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 14, 1987
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0 - 6'1, 150 - 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Biracial (African-American/Hispanic) male. Black hair, brown eyes. Michael has an M-shaped scar on his upper right arm, acne scars on his face, and a gap between his teeth. His hair was styled in an Afro at the time of his disappearance. He has a deep voice and he walks with a slow gait. Michael is of Puerto Rican descent.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black tank top under a baggy white t-shirt with cut-off sleeves and the sides ripped to the waist, baggy blue jeans and tennis shorts.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Michael was last seen when he was dropped off by a friend in the Quail Ridge subdivision at the intersection of Tolgate Road and Old Spears Road in Fayetteville, North Carolina, a couple of blocks from his own home, at 6:00 p.m. on April 30, 2005. He has never been heard from again. That day, he'd told his mother he wasn't feeling well and she asked why he was going out, and he didn't answer the question and simply told her he was coming right home.

    Michael may have traveled to Newark, New Jersey after his disappearance. He had lived in Newark with his father and attended Technology High School there until July 2004, when he left to go live with his mother in Fayetteville. Authorities aren't sure whether he left of his own accord, but it's highly unusual for a runaway to not contact his family and friends for years. Michael was a senior at Douglas Byrd High School at the time of his disappearance. He had enlisted in the Navy's early entry program, but was discharged shortly before he vanished. Investigators believe his disappearance may be gang-related. Foul play is possible in Michael's case, but the circumstances of his disappearance are unclear.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fayetteville Police Department
    910-433-1830

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Professional Firefighters Association of New Jersey
    Child Protection Education of America
    North American Missing Persons Network
    NC Wanted
    WRAL

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 27, 2013; age-progression updated.

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