Joseph Wayne McCarton

Above: McCarton, circa 2008


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.


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

    United States Coast Guard


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


    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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