Mark Anthony Degner

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Left and Center: Mark, circa 2005;
Right: Age-progression to age 22 (circa 2014)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 10, 2005 from Jacksonville, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 13, 1992
  • Age: 12 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'1, 100 - 120 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Mark has a nervous tic; he shrugs his shoulders and blinks his eyes when he is nervous. One of his ears is pierced but he was not wearing an earring at the time of his disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light gray zip-up hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.
  • Medical Conditions: Mark is classified as developmentally delayed; he has the emotional development of a child three to five years younger than his chronological age. He suffers from bipolar disorder and requires daily medications.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Mark was last seen at Paxon Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida. He and his best friend, Bryan Hayes, were both special education students at the school. The boys ran out of the building after an argument with a teacher at 1:15 p.m. and disappeared. Bryan was apparently seen getting into a car outside the school; it is unclear whether Mark was with him at the time. They took no extra clothes, money, or other belongings with them, not even their bookbags or Bryan's coat.

    Police initially believed Bryan and Mark had run away and were still in the local area. They had told friends of their plans to run away; a third boy was planning to go with them but did not. The day before they disappeared, school officials caught them trying to sneak away from the buses after school ended. Bryan has run away from home before, though never more than a few miles from home and never for longer than a day. Mark has no history of runaway behavior. Both children were relatively new students at Paxon Middle School and unfamiliar with the area. Mark had moved there from Indiana and Bryan from Port Orange, Florida.

    After weeks passed and no one had heard from Bryan or Mark, and in light of the boys' medical problems, authorities announced that they were considered endangered and possibly met with foul play. They were last sighted together in Holly Hill, Florida in April 2005; two people saw them and the sightings were confirmed by police, but a search of the Holly Hill area afterwards turned up no sign of either of the children. Their cases remain unsolved and some agencies continue to classify them as runaways.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
    904-630-0500

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    First Coast News
    The Crime Library
    Missing Children Center Inc.
    News4Jax
    The Orlando Sentinel
    America's Most Wanted
    Laura Recovery Center
    WFTV
    Operation Lookout
    Justice Coalition
    The Daytona Beach News-Journal

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 15, 2014; age-progression updated.

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