Joseph Mack Maples
Maples, approximately 1999
Date reported missing : 08/11/1999
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 04/27/1953 (68)
Age at the time of disappearance: 46 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 175 pounds
Medical conditions : Maples may require medical attention. He may suffer from heart problems.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Maples's nickname is Joe. He has had previous surgery on his shoulder, possibly on the rotator cuff.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Maples was last seen in Birmingham, Alabama on August 11, 1999. Before his disappearance, he told the local Humane Society that he had to leave the area and wanted to give them all his possessions and his two dogs. He apparently boarded a plane flight to Dallas, Texas, leaving his vehicle behind at the Birmingham airport. He has never been heard from again.
The circumstances surrounding Maples's disappearance are unclear. His father died when Maples was very young, and his mother and sister had also died prior to his disappearance. He had stated that Birmingham had unhappy associations for him due to his deceased family, and some of his loved ones feel he left of his own accord because of this.
However, Maples's extended family stated it is uncharacteristic of him to be out of touch with them for so long. He was unmarried and worked in real estate at the time of his 1999 disappearance. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Birmingham Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Alabama Department of Public Safety
The News Courier
The Doe Network
October 12, 2004. November 6, 2008; Medical conditions : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : updated.