David Clayton Warner

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Top Two Rows and Bottom Left and Center: David, circa 1983;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 42 (circa 2013)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 2, 1983 from Jefferson City, Tennessee
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 30, 1971
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'5, 110 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, brown eyes. David's nickname is Little David.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black and white Pittsburgh Steelers sweatshirt, blue jeans and sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: David suffers from epilepsy.
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    Details of Disappearance

    David was last seen in Jefferson City, Tennessee. That day he said he was going to go to a church function up the street from his home on Beeler Avenue. He did go to the church, but he didn't go inside and instead went to Druther's Restaurant for a hamburger. After eating, he went to a friend's home and they watched television until 7:00 p.m. David said he was going home then; his house was about 30 yards away from his friend's house. He has never been heard from again.

    David's family didn't realize he wasn't home until the next morning. His bed covers were arranged in a way to make it look like he was in bed asleep. At first they thought he'd spent the night at his friend's house, as he often did. When his disappearance was reported to the police, investigators believed he might have run away. Authorities now believe he was abducted and murdered, but little evidence is available in his case.

    David's mother was unmarried and only a teenager when he was born, so his grandmother legally adopted him and raised him. He was close to his mother throughout his whole life, however. He was a fourth-grade student at Jefferson City Elementary School in 1983 and he wasn't a good student, but his loved ones described him as a bright, streetwise, pleasant boy. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The Springfield State Journal-Register
    The Knoxville News-Sentinel
    Unsolved in the News
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Facebook Page for David Warner


    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 31, 2016; four pictures added.

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