Jeffrey Michael Bratcher

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Left: Jeffrey, age 5 (circa 1972, two years before his disappearance);
Center: Jeffrey, circa 1974;
Right: Age-progression to age 43 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 15, 1974 from Ocean Shores, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 1, 1967
  • Age: 7 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'9, 45 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Sandy brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue denim jacket, a white football jersey with the number 33, multicolored plaid pants, a blue denim sailor's cap and white sneakers with no socks.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jeffrey was visiting his father and stepmother in Ocean Shores, Washington on June 15, 1974. His mother in Mesquite, Texas had custody of him at the time, and had brought him and his siblings up to Washington. Jeffrey was playing with five other children in a section of the park during the day; they were told that dinner would be prepared at 7:00 p.m. and they were to return to the adults' area at that time. Jeffrey told the other children that he would take a different trail back to the picnic area when dinner time arrived and separated from the group. The picnic area was about 150 feet from the shore. He was never seen again.

    An extensive police search of the park area yielded few clues as to what happened to Jeffrey. Search dogs may have located his scent leading up to the park's entrance, but it disappeared at the edge of the pavement. Authorities believe Jeffrey was either abducted, or fell into the ocean and was swept out to sea. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office
    360-249-3711

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The Daily World
    NamUs
    The Oregonian

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 11, 2013; clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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