Joseph Wayne McCarton

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Above: McCarton, circa 2008

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 3, 2008 from Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 18, 1974
  • Age: 34 years old
  • Weight: 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Black hair, blue eyes. McCarton has a surgical scar from a hip replacement, surgical scars on his chest from cancer treatment and a scar on his elbow. He has previously broken his nose and he walks with a limp. One of McCarton's front teeth is capped. His nickname is Joe.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Possibly a white t-shirt, jeans, sneakers and a hat.
  • Medical Conditons: McCarton was suffering from chest pains at the time of his disappearance and may have had a serious medical condition.
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    Details of Disappearance

    McCarton resided in Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana at the time of his disappearance. He was last known to be on a shrimp boat, the Kelli Michelle, in Texas at 6:00 p.m. on August 3, 2008. He had been sick during the boat trip and the captain also became ill with chest pains, so the boat was taken ashore. A new captain boarded and took the boat out onto the Gulf of Mexico. At 9:00 p.m., the captain and deckhand realized McCarton has missing. He is presumed to have fallen overboard, but his body has never been found.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office
    504-564-3381

    OR
    United States Coast Guard
    504-671-2035

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    Source Information
    Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing People
    NamUs
    The Laura Recovery Center Foundation
    WKRG Alabama Texas
    The Mobile Press-Register

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 31, 2010; last name spelling corrected, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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