David Wayne Waggoner
Waggoner, approximately 1971
Date reported missing : 10/09/1971
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 11/11/1947 (73)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 160 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A watch. Clothing unknown, but he usually wore dress shirts and slacks or blue jeans.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Waggoner has small vertical scars on both of his cheeks and a horizontal scar on his chin. He wore dark-rimmed eyeglasses at the time of his 1971 disappearance. He broke his collarbone once and fractured his skull twice in motorcycle accidents prior to his disappearance. Waggoner is slightly deaf in his left ear.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Waggoner last spoke to his family on October 9, 1971 from Pasadena, Texas. He has never been heard from again. He apparently took with him only his wallet and a .9 millimeter pistol. His car, with the key in the ignition, was found parked in front of his apartment on Lafferty Street in Pasadena, and some clothes, Waggoner's suitcase, and a small amount of money were left inside his home.
A hunter located Waggoner's red Honda 350 motorcycle in the woods off U. S. Highway 59 in Cold Springs, Texas, seventy miles north of Houston, Texas, approximately two weeks after his initial disappearance. His helmet was sitting on top of it. There has been no tEthnicity : of Waggoner since that time.
Waggoner's family believes he may have been accosted by James C. "Humpy" Parker, then the sheriff of San Jacinto County, Texas. James and two of his deputies went to prison for detaining and torturing young men they met on U.S. Highway 59 during the 1970s and early 1980s. In particular, they liked to target "hippies," African-American men, motorcyclists, and men with bumper stickers advertising rock stations.
They were caught in 1983 and each received a ten-year prison sentence. James and his son Gary, a reserve deputy with the department, also faced federal charges for arresting motorists on trumped-up charges to extort bail money from them.
James's crimes became the subject of a book and movie, Terror on Highway 59 by Steve Sellers. He and his accomplices have not been linked to Waggoner's case, however. James died in federal prison in 1999. Gary was eventually released, but he was charged with burglary and aggravated kidnapping in 2008.
Waggoner served four years in the United States Marines. He was unemployed at the time of his disappearance; he quit his last job several weeks before he went missing because it bored him. He was close to his parents, who lived nearby, and his sister, and his loved ones do not believe he would have left without warning. They also stated he was not depressed or suicidal in 1971.
Waggoner's parents are now deceased, but his sister is still searching for him. Authorities believe he may have been taken against his will.
Other information and links : ncy
Pasadena Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Child Protection Education of America
Texas Department of Public Safety
The Doe Network
The Houston Chronicle
The East Texas News
The Miami Herald
Facebook pageheader for David Waggoner
5 October 12, 2004. October 5, 2015; picture added.
Interactive Missing Person Search Map