Joseph Wayne Daggett

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Above Images: Daggett, circa 1988

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 1, 1988 from Pecos, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 18, 1960
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 185 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Red hair, green eyes. Daggett has a mustache, a full beard and a light complexion with prominent freckles. His nickname is Joe.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black felt cowboy hat, a white long-sleeved Western style shirt with gray pinstripes, wheat-colored Wrangler jeans, brown cowboy boots, and possibly a gold square link necklace, a gold Seiko watch with a white face, a gold Uvalde Junior College graduation ring dated 1981, a gold horseshoe ring with eleven diamonds, and a belt with a solid brass custom-made buckle. A drawing of the belt buckle is posted below this case summary.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Daggett was last seen in Pecos, Texas on March 1, 1988. He left his girlfriend's Fort Stockton home between 10:30 and 11:00 p.m. and headed for his grandmother's home, where he lived. He never arrived and has never been heard from again. His pickup truck, still loaded with feed, was found in the long-term parking lot at the Midland International Airport. Daggett may have been carrying a Morgan Silver Dollar money clip when he disappeared.

    Authorities conducted searches for Daggett's body in 2008, but they didn't find anything useful. In 2009, police arrested Lightsey Nathan Saul in New Mexico and charged him with conspiracy to commit capital murder in Daggett's case. Two other suspects, George McIntyre and Robert Ezell, were later indicted on the same charges. A photograph of Saul is posted below this case summary. Authorities believe he asked an acquaintance to murder Daggett because Daggett was having an affair with Saul's wife. In November 2011, Saul was found guilty and sentenced to 60 years in prison. The charges against McIntyre and Ezell are still pending.

    No one has been charged with actually causing Daggett's death, but foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.

    Buckle Saul
    Left: Belt buckle;
    Right: Lightsey Nathan Saul

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pecos County Sheriff's Office
    432-336-3521

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    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Doe Network
    The Fort Stockton Pioneer
    CBS 7
    KWES NewsWest 9
    KTRK 13

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 10, 2011; details of disappearance updated.

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