Dennis Lloyd Martin

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Dennis, circa 1969;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 51 (circa 2013)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 14, 1969 from The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 20, 1962
  • Age: 6 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'0 - 4'1, 55 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Dennis's hair is wavy and he has long, thick eyelashes. He was missing one of his upper front teeth at the time he disappeared.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red t-shirt, dark green hiking shorts, white socks and black low-cut oxford shoes with a simple heel.
  • Medical Conditions: Dennis had learning disabilities in 1969. At the time of his disappearance, his mental age was about half a year behind his chronological age.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Dennis was visiting the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with his father, his grandfather, his older brother and two cousins on June 14, 1969. The family lived in Knoxville, Tennessee at the time. Dennis was last seen between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. that day as he played a game of "Hide and Seek" in Spence Field in the park, near the Appalachian Trail. He disappeared behind a bush in the area and has never been seen again. An extensive search of the area did not locate any evidence as to his whereabouts.

    Dennis was a special education student at the time of his disappearance. He is described as a "husky, healthy" boy who had hiking and camping experience and wasn't particularly fearful. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Great Smokey Mountain Police Department
    865-436-1230

    OR
    Tennessee Bureau Of Investigation
    615-744-4000

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    Source Information
    NewspaperArchive
    National Search and Rescue School
    WBIR News
    Smoky Mountain Disappearances: True Stories From The Great Smoky Mountains
    By Juanitta Baldwin and Ester Grubb

    The book is available through the Web site below:
    Unsolved Disappearances in the Great Smoky Mountains
    The Leaf-Chronicle
    The Knoxville News-Sentinel
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 24, 2014; age-progression updated.

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