Austin Jay Childs

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Above Images: Austin, circa 2005

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 9, 2005 from Freeport, Texas
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 27, 1987
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Austin has a scar on his right shoulder, a scar on his left thigh and a scar on the side of his left hip. He goes by his initials, AJC.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A brown leather jacket, blue jeans, flip-flops and a white shell choker necklace.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Austin was last seen on April 9, 2005 in Freeport, Texas. He and two other men, John Zimmerman and David Keller, went on a fishing trip on the Gulf of Mexico in Zimmerman's 28-foot pleasure craft. They took a yellow Laborador Retriever dog, several 160-quart ice chests with white snap-on cushions, an orange life ring, a blue and red raft, and between three and six standard-sized orange life jackets on their boat. The men were expected to return the following day, but they did not and they have never been heard from again.

    The men's boat was later found capsized in the ocean. It had a two-foot hole in the bottom; officials believe the boat accidentally ran into something, possibly a log. A seat cushion and three life jackets were floating nearby. There was no sign of the men at the scene, and an extensive search turned up no trace of them.

    Austin, Keller and Zimmerman are presumed lost at sea. All three are from Houston, Texas. Austin attended Dobie High School and was also homeschooled. He is described as an avid outdoorsman.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    800-346-3243

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    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    The Houston Coast Guard
    KHOU 11 News
    KTRK TV Houston
    Project Jason

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 12, 2009; picture added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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