Matthew Wade Crocker

1 AP
Left: Matthew, circa 1983;
Right: Age-progression to 32 years (circa 2015)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 9, 1983 from Van Buren, Arkansas
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date of Birth: February 12, 1983
  • Age: 3 months old
  • Height and Weight: 2'5, 15 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Matthew had a concave chest at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Matthew's parents met a woman in 1983 who called herself Kathy Johnson. She was a worker at a fair that had stopped in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and a friend of Matthew's family who met her persuaded Matthew's family to take her into their home in Van Buren, Arkansas. Matthew's parents went to bed on June 9, 1983, and when they woke up, Matthew and Johnson were both gone. Neither of them has ever been seen again.

    A composite sketch of the abductor is posted below this case summary. She's described as Caucasian, with a tattoo of a green and yellow star on the left side of her chest, a tattoo of a unicorn on her upper left arm, a long scar on the back of her right shoulder and a tattoo on her upper right arm of the name "Kathy" with a ribbon above it. Authorities believe the abductor may have taken Matthew to raise him as her son. They think he's probably still alive and doesn't know his true identity.

    Above: Sketch of abductor


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


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 5, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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