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Joe Merral Puckett

Missing Person Case September 2021

Joe, approximately 1985

Date reported missing : 05/01/1985

Missing location (approx) :
Paducah, Kentucky
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :

DOB : 06/28/1969 (52)
Age at the time of disappearance: 15 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3 - 5'5, 110 - 120 pounds
Medical conditions : Joe has made at least one prior suicide attempt.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, green/hazel eyes. Joe has scars on his arms and wrists from self-inflicted cuts. He has multiple tattoos, all homemade in greenish ink, including the word "Mom" and cherries on his shoulder, the word "Thriller" on his buttocks, and a heart with an arrow through it on his right hand. He had a mustache at the time of his disappearance.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Joe was last seen in Paducah, Kentucky on May 1, 1985. He went to the BFW on Washington Street where his mother worked, and borrowed $20 from her. They got into an argument, and Joe left. He came back twenty minutes later, gave her $10, and left again. He has never been heard from again. Few details are available in his case.

Other information and links : ncy

Kentucky State Police

September 2021 updates and sources

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