Aaron Cody Fortner

Fortner, circa 2022

  • Missing Since 02/21/2022
  • Missing From Sylva, North Carolina
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 09/29/1996 (27)
  • Age 25 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'7 - 5'9, 130 - 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Fortner has the following tattoos: a geometric deer design on his right wrist, a deer with a cross on his left upper arm at the shoulder, a paw print and wolf design on his left upper arm at the shoulder, and a mountain scene with the words "HAPPY CAMPER" on his ankle. Photos of some of the tattoos are posted with this case summary. He may use the following alias names: Cody Black, Cody Fortner, Cody Smith and/or Aaron Winehouse.

Details of Disappearance

Fortner was last seen at his camper, which was parked near his family's residence in the 100 block of Fox Trace Road in Sylva, North Carolina at 2:30 a.m. on February 21, 2022. He had been acting strangely, as if he was scared, and had made several calls to his grandparents, saying he didn't know where he was and that people were looking for him.

When his sister went to the camper to check on him he was gone. The camper appeared to have been ransacked and Fortner's wallet, keys, phone charger and the bag he normally carried were left inside it. The lights were on, as was Fortner's electric blanket. His hat was lying in the driveway. His mother and sister were so concerned about the state of the camper that she called 911 immediately.

It's uncharacteristic of Fortner to leave without warning or be out of touch with his family. The only item that disappeared with him was his phone, and since his disapperance there's been no activity on the phone. His case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Office 828-586-8901
  • North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation - Western District 828-330-4678

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 21, 2023; casefile added.