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AK DAVID BORER: Missing from: Willow, AK - 26 April 1989- Age 8

Discussion in 'Missing 1980 to 1989' started by Scorpio, Sep 22, 2016.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member

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    Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

    • Missing Since: April 26, 1989 from Willow, Alaska
    • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
    • Date Of Birth: March 21, 1981
    • Age: 8 years old
    • Height and Weight: 4'0, 55 - 65 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue/green eyes. David's front teeth slightly protrude. He has scars under his right eye and above his left eye. He is left-handed.
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red coat, green jeans, a green plaid shirt, and Sorel winter boots with felt inserts.

    Details of Disappearance:

    David was last seen walking to Mile Marker 82 on Parks Highway, eleven miles north of his hometown of Willow, Alaska on April 26, 1989, at approximately 5:00 p.m. He was evidently en route either to go to a friend's home, or to play at a sandbar at the nearby Kashwitna River, which was iced over. He has never been seen again and was missed at 7:00 p.m. that evening. There was no hole in the ice of the river to indicate he'd fallen in. The river is shallow, but has a swift current. Search dogs traced David's scent to Parks Highway, but there was no sign of him afterwards.
    David was a first grader at Willow Elementary School at the time of his disappearance. His parents were separated at the time of his disappearance and he lived with his mother, three brothers and one sister. He is described as a very independent child who once hitchhiked 60 miles to Wasilla, Alaska. His case remains unsolved. For lack of evidence, police are treating it as an abduction.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Alaska State Troopers

    Edited to add media link: http://www.crimewatchers.net/forum/...om-alaska-since-1989-age-progressed-pic.1774/
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  2. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member


    Age progressed to 28.

    Age progressed to 30.
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    Scorpio Bronze Member


    As theories faded, another boy went missing

    • May 9, 2009

    WASILLA — Among the faces of missing children in Alaska, two are from the Valley — Michael Palmer, for whom the 10th anniversary of his disappearance is next month, and David Borer.

    Borer’s 28th birthday passed in March. The 20th anniversary of his disappearance came just over a month later.

    He was last seen on April 25, 1989, when he was 8 years old. His sister was the last to talk to him. He told her he was going out to play on a sandbar near his family’s home at Mile 83 of the Parks Highway, near the Kashwitna River.

    For the rest of the summer, his disappearance made headlines in the Valley. His mother, Linda Borer gave long interviews to reporters. His father, Mike Borer, from whom Linda was divorced, also gave interviews.

    Initially, Alaska State Troopers and borough searchers focused on two theories — either young David got picked up on the highway, or he fell into the icy Kashwitna.

    Divers went into the water but came up short.

    The other theory, that David was kidnapped, seemed to gain the most traction. It seemed logical. Frontiersman reports at the time referred to David as an adventuresome lad who once hitchhiked by himself into Wasilla.

    Alaska State Troopers, with help from search dogs, Boy Scouts and even, according to one account dated Aug. 2, 1989, a Chicago-based psychic, combed the area on multiple return trips over the summer.

    More than a month after he disappeared, troopers investigated a theory that a bear might have grabbed the boy. Family members interviewed at the time viewed that theory with extreme skepticism and even scorn, fearing it would distract from the search for a kidnapper.

    As the summer wore on, rewards were offered. A foundation to pay for the search was set up. But there was still no sign of the boy.

    As summer changed to fall the news stories, like the search effort, slowly dwindled.
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  7. Sundance

    Sundance Active Member

    I read his page on the Charley Project. He apparently hitchhiked 30 miles which sticks out a lot to me considering he is so young.
    I don't think he was abducted. If the temperatures were cold enough he could have succumbed to the elements. Plus, as it says on the Charley Project, "He was evidently en route either to go to a friend's home, or to play at a sandbar at the nearby Kashwitna River, which was iced over." He could have fallen into the river.
    I don't know. Either way he should not have been by himself.

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