William Ebenezer Jones III

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Top Row and Bottom Left and Center: William, circa 1962;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 55 (circa 2014)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 17, 1962 from Vineland, New Jersey
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 5, 1959
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 30 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Light brown hair, blue eyes. William has a giraffe-shaped vaccination scar on the back of his upper left arm. His nickname is Billy.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light blue/gray snowsuit with a navy blue collar and large silver buttons, a matching hat, and tan high-top sneakers with crepe soles and yellow laces.
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    Details of Disappearance

    William was last seen in the backyard of his family's residence on Taylor Avenue in Vineland, New Jersey at 1:00 p.m. on December 17, 1962. He was playing with his two-year-old sister and the family dog while his mother watched through the window from inside. William's mother went into a bedroom to check on her other son and when she came out, William's sister was standing in the doorway, holding a plastic poinsetta. She stated William had given her the plant and a man had taken William. Family and friends launched an immediate search of the neighborhood, but found no sign of the child and called the police after an hour. He has never been heard from again. At the time of his disappearance, he was carrying a dime his mother had given him.

    William did not have very good verbal skills in 1962. He loved dogs and had been given a puppy shortly before he vanished. Both his parents are now deceased, but his younger sister is still alive and hopes he may yet be found. William's case is the oldest unsolved disappearance of a child under five in New Jersey state history. He may have been abducted by someone who wanted to raise a child.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Doe Network
    The Lebanon Daily News
    The Daily Journal
    Fox News


    Updated 8 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 7, 2015; picture added.

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