Myron Timell Traylor

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Myron, circa 1988;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 36 (circa 2010)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 27, 1988 from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: October 1, 1974
  • Age: 13 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5 - 5'6, 106 - 116 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Myron has a half-inch scar on the right side of his head.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red and white striped shirt, blue and white print shorts and white sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Myron was walking to his grandparents' house with his mother in Phoenix, Arizona on July 27, 1988. His grandparents' residence was located on east Pecan Road, approximately one-half block from Myron's family's home. Myron stopped at OK Fish-N-Chips, which was located on 16th Street and Southern Avenue, to purchase a soft drink while his mother continued ahead. He was last seen at approximately 6:00 p.m. outside the stand after purchasing a soda. Myron has never been heard from again. He was carrying a bag of dirty laundry at the time of his disappearance; Myron planned to wash the clothes at his grandparents' home.

    Myron's mother's then-boyfriend, Gettus Leroy Mintz, is the only suspect in his disappearance. He was one of the four witnesses who saw Myron at OK Fish-N-Chips the evening of his disappearance. Myron's aunt said that one of Mintz's arms was in a sling shortly after Myron vanished. He claimed the injury resulted from a dog bite. Investigators stated that the boyfriend was involved with drugs in 1988. Authorities theorized that Myron confronted the man regarding his lifestyle after seeing him at OK Fish-N-Chips and was murdered shortly thereafter.

    A photo of Mintz is posted below this case summary. In 2009, he stabbed his girlfriend and her mother in Peoria, Arizona. His girlfriend died, and Mintz was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated assault and sentenced to forty-two years in prison. He has refused to be interviewed about Myron's case.

    Investigators received an anonymous letter in 1991 that claimed Myron was buried on private property near 24th Street and Jones Avenue in Phoenix. A search of the location produced no evidence regarding his case. Authorities believe that Myron was killed and buried near his last known location. Myron's mother died in March 2002, nearly 14 years after her son disappeared. His case remains unsolved.

    Mintz
    Above: Gettus Mintz, circa 2009

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    Investigating Agencies
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Phoenix Police Department
    602-495-5394

    OR
    Federal Bureau Of Investigation
    202-324-3000

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Nation's Missing Children Organization
    The Arizona Republic
    Phoenix Police Department
    NamUs
    Arizona Department of Corrections
    3TV News

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 10, 2013; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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