Mark Douglas Jackson

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Above Images: Jackson, circa 2004

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 27, 2004 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 21, 1969
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0 - 6'2, 170 - 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Jackson has scars on his nose and between his eyes. He wears a pair of small eyeglasses. He has a receding hairline.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A watch.
  • Medical Conditions: Jackson takes medication for depression and a sleeping disorder. His medicine was left behind when he vanished. In addition, he was reportedly using crystal methamphetamine and other "club drugs" around the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jackson was last seen on June 27, 2004 at his apartment in Drake Towers in the vicinity of the 1800 block of north Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He had a friend from North Carolina, John Bass, visit him that day. They went dancing at the Coliseum dance club in Hollywood, Florida, then arrived at his apartment at 4:15 a.m. Security cameras showed them entering the building. Bass says he went to sleep at 5:00 a.m. and when he woke up at 11:00 a.m., the lights and television were on but Jackson was gone. He left a note behind but the contents have not been released. He has never been heard from again.

    Most of Jackson's personal belongings, including his house keys, the access card to his apartment building, his car, his medicine, and his cellular phone, were left behind. His wallet, passport, and credit cards were missing, however. The surveillance cameras in the apartment building malfunctioned about an hour after Jackson arrived home with Bass and did not record him leaving the building.

    Jackson's loved ones say it would be uncharacteristic of him to leave home without his cellular phone. There have been no charges to his credit cards or withdrawals from his bank account since his disappearance, but someone checked his email and listened to his cellular phone voice mail messages at 8:40 a.m., almost four hours after he was last seen.

    Jackson's disappearance is considered suspicious, as it is out of character for him. He worked as a marketing executive at Home Diagnostics Center, a Fortune 500 company, at the time of his disappearance and was considered a reliable employee who would call the office to warn them if he was going to be late. Authorities think Jackson is still in the Fort Lauderdale area. They believe he left his apartment of his own volition and intended to come back soon but something happened to him very shortly afterwards, perhaps even before he left the building, which prevented his return. Bass has not been publicly named as a suspect in Jackon's case. The two men had dated occasionally and Jackson wanted a long-term relationship with him, but Bass did not want one. Fourteen vials containing residue of gamma hydroxy butyrate (GHB) and crystal methamphetamine were found in Jackson's apartment after his disappearance, but it is unclear whether drugs played a role in his case.

    Jackson was not the first person to vanish mysteriously from Drake Towers. On July 19, 1988, Barry Alan Block and David George Rhodes, who lived together in the building, disappeared. They are still missing. Photographs of the two men are not available. Both of them were 24 years old and Caucasian, with brown hair and blue eyes. Block's date of birth is May 28, 1964 and Rhodes's date of birth is October 20, 1963. Block is 5'9 and 160 pounds, and Rhodes is 5'8 and 150 pounds.

    There are some similarities between the Jackson and Rhodes/Block disappearances. All three men are gay, all of them left behind most of their belongings, they all disappeared in late June, and all of them were reportedly involved with drugs. However, police say the similarities may be coincidences; they cannot find any conclusive evidence to link Jackson to the 1988 disappearances.

    Curiously, Steven Lorenzo lived just across the street from the Drake Towers. In May 2004, he and an accomplice were accused of drugging and killing Jason Galehouse and Michael Wayne Wachholtz. Wachholtz and Galehouse both disappeared from Tampa, Florida on December 20, 2003, but not together. Wachholtz's remains were found several weeks later but Galehouse is still missing. Lorenzo was never formally charged in their murders, but in January 2006 he was sentenced to 200 years in prison for charges related to GHB, which is a "date rape" drug which causes people to become extremely drowsy and suggestible. Authorities stated Lorenzo gave the GHB to several unsuspecting men and sexually assaulted them. He has not been connected to Jackson, Rhodes, and Block, but authorities are investigating a possible link due to the fact that Lorenzo lived so close to where they disappeared.

    Jackson is described as a driven, goal-oriented person. He has an engineering degree and a master's degree in business administraton (MBA). He enjoys running, working out at the gym, and dancing in clubs. He recently purchased a new silver BMW and invested in real estate prior to his disappearance. Jackson's case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fort Lauderdale Police Department
    954-828-5529

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    America's Most Wanted
    Fort Lauderdale Police Department
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Miami Herald
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    Express Gay News

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 1, 2010; picture added.

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