North American Missing Persons Network
Austin Jay Childs

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Above Image: Childs, circa 2005

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 9, 2005 from Freeport, Brazoria County, Texas
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 27, 1987
  • Age: 17
  • Height: 5'7"-5'9"
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown/Blond
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Scar on right shoulder,
    shotgun pellets in upper left leg; there is also thick scarring
    and rods still inserted. Scar under his chin.
  • Clothing: Brown leather jacket, blue jeans with khaki tan
    shorts underneath, flip flops. Blue and white cap.
  • Jewelry: White puka shell choker necklace.
  • AKA: AJC
  • NCIC Number: M-744998430
  • Case Number: 050001095

  • Details of Disappearance
    Austin was seen leaving on a fishing trip with John Zimmerman and Scott Keller. Childs, Scott Keller, John Zimmerman, and a yellow Labrador retriever set out from Freeport on an offshore fishing expedition on Zimmerman's 28-foot boat. Their boat was found capsized in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Childs, a former Dobie High School student, planned to attend San Jacinto College to specialize in automobile repair. He had begun a job at Ron Carter Chevrolet's service department, where he had worked just three days.

    An avid fisherman since he was a young boy, Childs had asked his parents to buy him a fishing boat for graduation. Though he didn't get his wish, the teen had plans to one day buy his own boat. He would go fishing at least once a month. If it wasn't on a friend's boat, he would fish from the piers in Galveston.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Freeport Police Department

    Source Information
    Texas Department of Public Safety
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education of America, Inc.
    Houston Chronicle