John Jay Ashley Jr.
Ashley, approximately 1971
Date reported missing : 12/14/1971
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/07/1953 (68)
Age at the time of disappearance: 18 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 130 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Ashley's nickname is Jay. He has a congenital defect to his right hip and one of his metatarsal (foot) bones has been previously fractured.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Ashley was last seen walking home from his school basketball practice in Wilmington, Delaware on December 14, 1971. He has never been heard from again. A seventeen-year-old boy disappeared from Wilmington that same night and was found drowned in February 1972, but it hasn't been proven that the cases are related.
An unidentified man whose skeletal remains were found in a vacant lot in Wilmington in April 1978 was thought to be Ashley. The man had a pelvic deformity like Ashley, but DNA testing proved they were not the same person. Ashley remains missing and few details are available in his case.
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Wilmington Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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The Wilmington News Journal
October 12, 2004. June 6, 2010; picture added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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