North American Missing Persons Network
Eric Wayne Pyles

1 AP
Above Images: Pyles, circa 2000; Age-progressed to 18 (circa 2006)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 12, 2000 from Jonestown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 20, 1988
  • Age: 12
  • Height: 4'8"
  • Weight: 95 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blond/Lt. Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Scar near the right side of
    waistline. Hair was collar-length at the time, much longer than
    pictured in the photograph above.
  • Clothing: Light blue pants, black sneakers, gray sweatshirt
    with a deer print, blue flannel jacket, and was carrying a
    "Redskins" book bag.
  • AKA: "Nick Cagnow" or "Nick Seaboy".
  • NCIC Number: M-471235441
  • Case Number: L2-0688560; NCMC901394

  • Details of Disappearance
    Pyles was last seen after getting off his school bus near the intersection of US Route 22 and Pennsylvania Route 72 in Union Township, Pennsylvania on December 12, 2000.

    Pyles and his younger brother had moved in with their sister about two years prior to Eric's disappearance after claims that their parents, who lived in Virginia, were neglecting the boys. The sister soon found out that Eric did not like some of her rules, such as curfew and doing chores. She had him placed in Philhaven for treatment several times and tried unsuccessfully to have him placed into a special home. Just two days before his disappearance, Pyles ran away - something he had done more than a dozen times - but he returned a half-hour later. The other times he had always returned within a couple hours. Pyles sometimes talked about going back to Virginia and tried unsuccessfully to hitch rides with strangers several times.

    Police investigated the possibility that Pyles might have returned to the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, where his parents and other relatives live, but there were no leads.

    The day after Pyles disappeared, his family, neighbors, Lickdale Fire Co. volunteers and others searched dense woods near their home, aided by bloodhounds. A state police helicopter was later brought in to search the area - all to no avail. Pyles, who sometimes called himself "Nick," was reportedly sighted a few times shortly after he disappeared, once at the Mt. Gretna Roller Rink and another time at a mall, but none of the leads ever panned out.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police
    Trooper Dominic Visconti or Trooper David Wieseman
    (717) 865-2194

    Source Information
    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    LD News
    Pennsylvania State Police