Brian Richard Bleyl

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Left: Brian, circa 1981;
Right: Age-progression to age 43 (circa 2011)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 28, 1981 from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: December 2, 1968
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'11, 100 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond/brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light blue t-shirt with the words "GUHSD Physical Education Department", dark blue warm-up pants with a white stripe on the sides, and blue sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: Brian is diabetic and requires insulin to regulate his condition. He needs to inject 30 units of insulin a day and, if he goes more than a few days without it, he will slip into a diabetic coma and eventually die.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Brian disappeared while collecting money while working his Phoenix Gazette newspaper route in Phoenix, Arizona at approximately 3:00 p.m. on February 28, 1981. He was riding his bicycle and was last seen in the area of north 9th Avenue and west Myrtle Avenue. He has never been heard from again. The day after his disappearance, his bike was found in an alley in the 1100 block of west Glendale.

    Stephen Michael Wilson was arrested in 1989 and charged with Brian's abduction, molestation and murder. A photograph of Wilson is posted below this case summary. He allegedly confessed to three witnesses, one of them his doctor, about his role in Brian's case. Wilson, who was openly gay, reportedly became enraged and attacked Brian after the boy made homophobic remarks to him and threw rocks at his home. Brian's bicycle was found a few yards from Wilson's apartment, and neighbors reported seeing the boy near the apartment around the time he vanished, but there were no bloodstains or any other physical evidence to indicate that a crime had been committed. A jury acquitted Wilson of all charges in 1990. He died of AIDS-related causes in 1994. He maintained his innocence in Brian's case until the end.

    Brian was a sixth-grade student at Orangewood Elementary School in 1981, and lived in the 900 block of west Myrtle Avenue. He has five siblings. He has never been located and his disappearance remains unsolved. Foul play is suspected.

    Wilson
    Above: Stephen Wilson, circa 1989

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Phoenix Police Department
    602-261-8042 (Daytime Number)

    OR
    602-261-6141 (Nighttime Number)

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    The Arizona Republic
    Operation Lookout
    The Phoenix New Times
    USA Today
    Phoenix Police Department

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 8, 2017; clothing/jewelry description, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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