Victor Dewight Shoemaker Jr.

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Left and Center: Victor, circa 1994;
Right: Age-progression to age 18 (circa 2007)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 1, 1994 from Kirby, West Virginia
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 30, 1989
  • Age: 5 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'0, 40 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Some agencies spell Victor's middle name "Dwight." His nickname is J.R.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red Bugs Bunny t-shirt, red shorts, and white X-Men sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Victor was visiting his grandfather in Kirby, West Virginia with his family in May 1994. He was last seen playing with his two older male cousins in a wooded area behind their grandfather's mobile home, near Short Mountain on May 1, 1994. They played for about thirty minutes until approximately 8:30 a.m., when Victor got hungry and said he was returning to his grandfather's home for food. His cousins lost track of him in the woods. Victor has never been heard from again.

    Investigators do not suspect foul play in Victor's case; they believe he became lost and died of exposure. The terrain in the Short Mountain area is very rough and rocky. Victor's disappearance was followed by five days of rainy weather with temperatures dipping down to near freezing at night. If he had been without shelter, he would not have survived. Victor's father, however, believes his cousins may have harmed him. They were eight and nine years old at the time, and Victor's family hasn't spoken to their families since his disappearance.

    A dark blue 1990 model pickup truck was seen in the area around the time Victor vanished. It has not been proven that the truck is connected to his disappearance in any way, but police are interested in speaking to the driver and finding out what he or she knows about Victor's disappearance.

    Victor's case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    West Virginia State Police

    Federal Bureau Of Investigation


    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    America's Most Wanted
    The Charleston Gazette-Mail


    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 8, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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