North American Missing Persons Network
Tristen Alan Myers

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Above Images: Left and Center: Myers, circa 2000
Far Right: AP to age 19

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 5, 2000 from Roseboro, North Carolina
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: July 16, 1996
  • Age: 4
  • Height: 3'1"
  • Weight: 38 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blond
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Scars on the left side of
    neck and on the top of head. Speech impediment. Leg has
    been previously broken; the injury had healed .
  • Medical Conditions: May require medical attention,
    particularly psychiatric attention. He is thought to suffer
    from attention deficit disorder, though his condition was never
    properly diagnosed. He is described as emotionally and physically
  • Clothing: Black t-shirt, blue jeans and white Mickey Mouse
    tennis shoes.
  • AKA: "Buddy". Some agencies may spell his first name "Tristan."
  • NCIC Number: M-821073846
  • Case Number: NCMC897039

  • Details of Disappearance
    Myers moved to Roseboro, North Carolina in August 2000 to live with his great-aunt and great-uncle. He wandered away from his family's residence on October 5, 2000 while his great-aunt was napping and has never been heard from again. Myers was accompanied by his dogs Sasha, a Doberman puppy, and Buck, a three-legged Chihuahua mix, at the time of his disappearance.

    An extensive search was conducted in a ten-acre section of wooded land near Myers's home shortly after his disappearance. No evidence concerning his whereabouts was located and the search was scaled down on October 10, five days after he was last seen. Buck returned to Myers's house later that day and the search was resumed, but authorities were unable to locate the child. Sasha walked back to the house on October 14. Neither dog showed any signs of having been in the woods.

    Myers's great-aunt and great-uncle say he was angry and disruptive while he lived with them. He hit other children and bit and scratched himself. He attacked and killed one of their dogs eleven days prior to his disappearance, and was taken to a psychiatric hospital to undergo a battery of tests. Doctors found that Myers was emotionally and physically underdeveloped, but they were unable to do a complete evaluation of him as he could not seem to understand simple directions, and could speak only a few words.

    Three days after being released from the hospital, Myers wandered away from his guardians' home. A neighbor found him half a mile away at a farm and returned him. Three days after that, he vanished for the final time.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Sampson County Sheriff's Office
    (910) 592-4141

    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Child Protection Education Of America
    America's Most Wanted
    NBC 17 News