Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes: Missing boys from Jacksonville since 2005

Mark Degner

UPDATE 3/9/17 – Ronnie Hyde, accused of killing Fred Laster who went missing 23 years ago is being looked at as a possible connection to the disappearance of Mark and Bryan.

Original story:  Mark Degner, 12, and Bryan Hayes, 13 were last seen leaving Paxon Middle School together on Feb. 10, 2005. That’s about 8 miles away from Hyde’s property in the Talleyrand neighborhood that the FBI spent the last two days searching in their investigation into the death of 16-year-old Fred Laster, a Nassau County boy who went missing in Jacksonville.

Mark Degner, 12, and Bryan Hayes, 13, were best friends that attended Paxon Middle School in Jacksonville, Florida.

On February 10, 2005, the boys left school early, around 1:30 p.m., after getting in an argument with their teacher. They were seen on Main St and 32nd, in a wooded area around Hammond Park behind their school and also near a trailer park on the Northside.

Bryan’s parents say he has run away before, but has never been gone longer than a day. Mark and Bryan were both new students at Paxon. Mark had moved from Indiana and Bryan from Port Orange, Florida.

A tip came in when a woman said her nephew told her that he was planning on running away with the boys. He gave the police directions of where they might be in Birdville, but the police did not find them.

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Jerrie Dean, who is retired from Federal Law Enforcement, is the Founder of Missing Persons of America.

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