Paula Ann Wade

Paula, circa 2002; Age-progression to age 45 (circa 2021)

  • Missing Since 10/14/2002
  • Missing From Valdosta, Georgia
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Female
  • Race White
  • Date of Birth 10/30/1976 (47)
  • Age 25 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'7, 150 pounds
  • Medical Conditions Paula has allergies and takes medication to control them. She did not have her allergy medicine with her when she disappeared. She also has asthma and uses an inhaler.
  • Associated Vehicle(s) 1998 Chevrolet Blazer (accounted for)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Paula's maiden name is McGrath. She has a birthmark on the upper part of her leg and her top canine teeth protrude out from her other teeth.

Details of Disappearance

Paula and her son, Brandon, were last seen at their residence at Common Apartments in Valdosta, Georgia on October 14, 2002. They were reported missing when Paula failed to show up for work at Sam's Club and failed to call to tell them she would not be in.

One of Paula's coworkers visited Common Apartments twice looking for her. There was no sign of her or her son. Her vehicle, a 1998 Chevrolet Blazer, was still parked at the residence. The child safety seat inside the car, however, had been removed.

Paula's husband has been ruled out as a suspect in his wife and child's disappearances. He is a soldier who was stationed at the Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, South Carolina when Paula and Brandon vanished. He has passed a polygraph.

However, Paula and Brandon's roommate has allegedly been uncooperative in the case. He was asked to take a polygraph test but refused and hired a lawyer. An acquaintance of the roommate's told police where he thought Paula and Brandon's remains might be. When the location was searched, nothing was found but deer bones.

Loved ones of the family say it would be extremely uncharacteristic for Paula to take her son and leave without warning, or to miss work without notice. Her parents maintained weekly telephone contact with her. Paula had been approved for a transfer to a Sam's Club job in Kissimmee, Florida, and her family was supposed to help her prepare to move during the week of her and Brandon's disappearance.

Brandon and Paula are considered endangered. They have not been seen or heard from since October 2002.

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 15, 2023; picture added.