This week’s Flashback Friday case(s) are Ted Haywood Wall and Harold Jeffrey “Jeff” Mays, two commercial fishermen who disappeared (together with their supposedly unsinkable boat) at Cape Hatteras off the coast of North Carolina. It was November 13, 1980; they were 22 and 21 respectively.
There’s a possible drug connection here, at least according to Jeff’s family and his best friend. Jeff’s mother wrote a book about called Outer Banks Piracy: Where is My Son Jeffrey?
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.