Maurice Laron Jefferson

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Maurice, circa 1983;
Bottom Center and Right: Age-progressions to age 43 (circa 2010)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 30, 1983 from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: August 8, 1967
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Red hair, brown eyes. Maurice is very bowlegged. He has a mole on the top of his right ear and he had two warts on his right wrist at the time of his disappearance. Maurice's nickname is Red. His hair changes color with the weather and may appear orange on hot days.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt, short beige pants, long socks and white sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Maurice left his family's Fort Lauderdale, Florida residence on November 30, 1983 to attend a basketball practice at nearby Dillard High School, where he was a student. It has been established that Maurice arrived at the Franklin Park basketball court that day, but he never showed up for practice. Two teenage girls reported they saw Maurice being forced into an Oldsmobile by two unidentified African-American men, but this has not been confirmed. He has never been heard from again.

    Maurice was involved in many activities in 1983. He was choirboy at the Piney Grove First Baptist Church, he played junior varsity basketball and ran track, and he was a Junior ROTC Cadet. He dreamed of becoming a doctor someday. Maurice left his wallet, money and identification behind at his grandmother's home in the 200 block of northwest 30th Terrace. At the time of his disappearance, he lived back and forth between his grandmother's residence and his mother's home in Alabama. Maurice's grandmother still lives in the same house she shared with him in 1983, and has kept the same phone number.

    Due to police procedures in place at the time Maurice vanished, authorities did not begin searching for him for three days after his disappearance was reported. His case remains unsolved and little evidence is available as to his fate.

    Some agencies state Maurice went missing on November 28, 1983. In 2009, a documentary filmmaker announced her intention to make a film about his disappearance.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Broward County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The Morning Call
    The Doe Network
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel
    The Westside Gazette
    The Fort Lauderdale News


    Updated 9 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 30, 2016; clothing/jewelry description updated.

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