Flashback Friday: Harold Jeffrey Mays and Ted Haywood Wall

This week’s Flashback Friday case goes to two young men, Harold Jeffrey Mays (who went by his middle name) and his friend Ted Haywood Wall. They were 21 and 22 years old respectively when they disappeared off the coast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina on November 13, 1980. Both of them were commercial fishermen. They were never seen again and their boat was never located either.

Apparently, the type of boat Jeffrey and Ted were using is extremely difficult to sink. Even if it were swamped, its flotation would keep it just below the surface of the water. Yet the Coast Guard never found it, although they covered over 100,000 square miles of ocean.

Jeffrey’s family believes he and Ted did not meet with an accident. They think their disappearances could be drug-related. Jeffrey’s mom, Shirley, self-published a book called Where is My Son Jeffrey? I can’t find it for sale anywhere though, and besides the Library of Congress, the only library that has it is the University of North Carolina’s at Chapel Hill.

6 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Harold Jeffrey Mays and Ted Haywood Wall

  1. Jenny March 19, 2016 / 12:11 pm

    Do you have a link? 🙂

    • Meaghan March 19, 2016 / 6:52 pm

      Whoops, I forgot the links to the missing men’s cases. I fixed that. As for the mother’s book, it’s not for sale on Amazon and I can’t actually find a link where it’s for sale anywhere.

  2. Kat March 19, 2016 / 4:32 pm

    Bizarre case. I doubt anyone will ever know what happened, when the ocean is involved the mysteries can last forever. OT, they’ve found remains in the Jessica Cain case, no word on if they are her yet.

  3. Susan March 19, 2016 / 11:22 pm

    Actually it is for sale on Amazon. Outer Banks Piracy: Where Is My Son Jeffrey? is the title.

    • Meaghan March 20, 2016 / 12:39 am

      Ah, okay. I’ll change the title in their casefiles then.

  4. Shirley Mays November 14, 2019 / 12:41 pm

    Thanks for the concerns. Yesterday was 39 years and it seems like yesterday. Actually I got a Cold Case opened in 2013 in Dare County N.C. . And the FBI and Homeland Security are involved in the case.

    I will never never never give up looking for an answer. My books can be found on many links….just google Outer Banks Piracy – Shirley Mays.

    Thank you!
    Shirley Mays

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