Mark Leland Kirks

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Above: Kirks, circa 2008

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 6, 2008 from Waco, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 9, 1966
  • Age: 42 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Kirks walks hunched over.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gray and black hooded sweatshirt or jacket, black warmup pants and black sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: Kirks suffers from mental illness and developmental disabilities and requires medication. He doesn't have his medicine with him and may become very disoriented and be unable to find his way home. He does not have a history of violent behavior.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kirks was last seen in Waco, Texas at 3:00 p.m. on December 6, 2008. He lived in a group home in the 2800 block of north 43rd Street. He has never been heard from again. Kirks had lived in the group home for more than eight years prior to his disappearance. His caregivers stated he's a social person and able to ride buses, and he has a history of wandering away on his own. He once walked to forty miles to his aunt's home in Whitney, Texas, and his family still lives in Whitney. Because of Kirks's medical problems and the fact that he wasn't adequately dressed for the cold weather, authorities are concern for his safety. An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of him; his case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    800-346-3243

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    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Waco Tribune
    KWTX News
    KCEN-DT TV

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 6, 2009; casefile added.

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