Jeremy Ray Coots

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: Jeremy, circa 1977;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 42 (circa 2014)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 18, 1977 from Atchison, Kansas
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 30, 1972
  • Age: 4 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 40 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Jeremy has a half-inch scar on the upper left side of his forehead and a three-quarter-inch scar on his lower jaw.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue coat with patches of blue and purple plaid and a hood tied with orange string, one red mitten hanging from his coat sleeve by an elastic band, a blue shirt, light-colored pants, and square-toed brown cowboy boots with a bird design.
  • Medical Conditions: Jeremy suffers from severe hearing loss. He wore a Maico brand hearing aid with the serial number 41076 at the time of his disappearance. He can make out voices when he wears the hearing aid, but is almost entirely deaf without it.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jeremy was last seen in the Potato Hill area of south Atchison, Kansas on February 18, 1977. He was at a babysitter's home and she allowed him to play outside in the yard with her own four-year-old son. This was the first time the babysitter had let Jeremy out to play alone. He wandered away, walking east, and has never been heard from again. A five-day search of the area turned up no sign of him. Jeremy's babysitter's home was about 400 yards from the Missouri River, and dogs tracked Jeremy's scent to its banks; authorities believe the child fell into the river and drowned. His body has never been recovered, however, in spite of a massive search.

    At the time of his disappearance, Jeremy lived with his parents in the 200 block of north Eleventh Street. His family held a memorial service for him two weeks after he was last seen. Jeremy's mother, Melodye Hathaway, published a book about her son's disappearance called In Search of Jeremy: A Mother's Story.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kansas Bureau of Investigation


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Facebook Page for Jeremy Coots
    Find a Grave
    For the Lost
    In Search of Jeremy: A Mother's Story
    by Melodye Faith Hathaway
    The Atchison Daily Globe
    The Sikeston Daily Standard


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 25, 2016; clothing/jewelry description, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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