North American Missing Persons Network
Donnie Lee Payne

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Above Image: Payne

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 14, 2008 from Cleveland, Bradley County, Tennessee
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 73
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Weight: 125 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown/Gray
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Clothing: Usually wears dark colored dress pants and a flannel shirt,
    a hat- fishing or one with a brim. Payne would not have had any identification
    with him at the time of his disappearance.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: He had heart surgery a few years
    before he disappeared.
  • Medical Conditions: He may be in poor health, but had good mental capacity.

  • Details of Disappearance
    Donnie Payne was last seen collecting cans in the 3rd dumpster at Ocoee Village Apartments on 2nd street near his home off Lowery Street in Cleveland, TN. Donnie did not drive. Payne was noted for going around the area picking up cans in a wheelbarrow with his little Jack Russell terrier always in accompaniment.

    His dog that went everywhere with him was found dead later in the day on nearby Highway 64, it had been struck by a car. He would have never left his dog. The wheelbarrow was also parked near a dumpster, which Payne reportedly frequented in his search for aluminum cans.

    Mr. Payne's last contact with family members was Sunday, September 14, on Lowery Street. Attempts by several relatives to find him have been unsuccessful and his cell phone has been turned off.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Bradley County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division
    (423) 728-7336

    Source Information
    News Channel 9
    Bradley County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Office Web site