Norman Lamar Prater

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Left and Center: Norman, circa 1973;
Right: Age-progression to age 55 (circa 2011)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 14, 1973 from Dallas, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: June 6, 1956
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 130 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown or blue eyes. Norman has attached earlobes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Norman was last seen in Dallas, Texas on January 14, 1973. At about midnight, he went to the all-night coffee shop where his mother worked and had a soft drink. He was accompanied by two teenage boys with shoulder-length hair whom his mother didn't recognize, and one older Hispanic man whom she knew by sight. Norman told his mother he was going home, and he agreed to help her move the next day. He apparently never arrived home and has never been heard from again.

    Authorities looked into the possibility that Norman was a victim of the serial killer Dean Corll. Corll, nicknamed the "Candy Man," was responsible for the sexual assault and murder of at least 28 teenage boys and young men in Houston, Texas between 1970 and 1973. Two teenagers, David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley, helped lure victims to his house. Henley shot Corll to death in August 1973. Ultimately, 28 bodies were recovered; one has never been identified. Brooks and Henley were both sentenced to life in prison for their role in the slayings.

    Norman lived in Houston with his father during the 1970-1971 school year, in the neighborhood where many of Corll's victims came from, and he attended Jackson Junior High School in Houston, which Henley also went to. After he moved to Dallas to be with his mother, he continued to visit Houston regularly on weekends.

    It hasn't been proven that Norman was one of Corll's victims, and none of the recovered corpses turned out to be his. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Doe Network
    The Dallas Morning News


    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 3, 2013; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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