— It’s been more than two decades since he was last seen alive, and even as he prepares to celebrate his 60th birthday next month, Mark Vickers says his life has changed significantly since his first appearance in public in 1984.
“It’s a bit like a movie that I just saw recently,” Vickers, of Richmond, Virginia, said on his 40th birthday.
Vickers was living in a condo with his family in downtown Richmond at the time of his disappearance.
It was his birthday in April 1984.
He was only three years old.
“It wasn’t like I was some kid living in my grandparents house,” Vicker said.
When his father noticed that his son was missing, his father-in-law went to the police and the family received several tips.
Police were alerted to Vickers’ disappearance in the late 1980s after his father reported his missing child.
The following year, Vickers went missing again.
In 1991, his body was found in the river.
Vickers had been decapitated.
Two decades later, his case is still open.
A man’s life is changed forever by the loss of his best friend in the mid-1980s, and Vickers has spent years trying to prove he was not murdered.
Vickers is the founder of the Richmond-based website, The Missing Persons Coalition, which is trying to shed light on the cases of those who have been missing in the United States.
He said that since his disappearance, he has heard from more than 300 people who have lost loved ones in the U.S. and abroad.
Vicker said he hopes that, one day, he will be able to find his missing friend.
“If I find my son, I would love to give him back to him,” Vicks said.
“It’s just so sad that it took him so long to come back home.”
The Missing Persons Project is a non-profit organization that advocates for families of missing persons.
It has a mission to find missing persons who have not been located in the past, but are not presumed dead.