Joseph Wayne McCarton
McCarton, approximately 2008
Date reported missing : 08/03/2008
Missing location (approx) :
Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/18/1974 (47)
Age at the time of disappearance: 34 years old
Height / Weight : Height unknown, 180 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Possibly a white t-shirt, jeans, sneakers and a hat.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Black hair, blue eyes. McCarton has a surgical scar from a hip replacement, surgical scars on his chest from cancer treatment and a scar on his elbow. He has previously broken his nose and he walks with a limp. One of McCarton's front teeth is capped. His nickname is Joe.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : McCarton resided in Plaquemine Parish, Louisiana at the time of his disappearance. He was last known to be on a shrimp boat, the Kelli Michelle, in Texas at 6:00 p.m. on August 3, 2008. He had been sick during the boat trip and the captain also became ill with chest pains, so the boat was taken ashore.
A new captain boarded and took the Kelli Michelle out onto the Gulf of Mexico. At 9:00 p.m., the captain and deckhand realized McCarton has missing. He is presumed to have fallen overboard, but his body has never been found.
Other information and links : ncy
Plaquemines Parish Sheriff's Office
United States Coast Guard
September 2021 updates and sources
Louisiana Repository for Unidentified & Missing People
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The Laura Recovery Center Foundation
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The Mobile Press-Register
October 12, 2004. January 31, 2010; last name spelling corrected, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.