BY DARK SLEUTH
Maurice "Red" Jefferson went missing from
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on November 30, 1983.
Left: Photo of Jefferson around 1983.
Right: Age Progressed image of Jefferson age 43.
Maurice Laron Jefferson was a 16 year-old 10th grader at Dillard High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida when he went missing on November 30, 1983.
He hoped to become a doctor one day. In the meantime, he played basketball as part of the junior varsity team, ran track and was a Junior ROTC cadet.
He was also known as "Red" for the color of his hair.
In a Sun-Sentinel article from March 25, 2009, Jefferson's grandmother describes the last time she saw him on the day he went missing. Jefferson took, "a post-school nap, ate some popcorn, telephoned a friend and headed out the door for basketball practice."
After he left home, the details of his disappearance remain unclear. Sadly, because of the guidelines in the 1980s, it took 3 days for a missing persons investigation to begin.
According to some sources, Jefferson made it to the basketball courts at Franklin Park. There, two teenagers reported seeing Jefferson being forced into a car by one or two men. This has never been confirmed.
The FBI investigated the possible abduction. In a Sun-Sentinel article from August 8, 1985 (archives-only) FBI agents concluded, at the time, that Jefferson had not been abducted as he was supposedly seen in the Franklin Park area hours after the teenage witnesses saw him being forced into the car.
No one knows what truly happened to Jefferson on the day he disappeared. There have been few clues and sightings. Only questions remain.
Jefferson's mother, Bettye Bridges, was quoted in the same 1985 article as saying:
"she believes the key to the mystery lies within the silence of neighborhood children.
'I think his friends know what happened,' she said. 'All of the kids at the park must have told their parents what they saw . . .'"
It has been more than 30 years since Jefferson went missing. What did the neighborhood children see that day? Was he abducted, despite the early FBI findings? Is he still alive?
Important Identifying information at the time of his disappearance:
Name: Maurice Laron Jefferson
Born: August 8, 1967
Weight: 120 lbs.
Physical traits: Very bowlegged. Mole on his right ear and 2 warts on his right wrist.
Maurice Jefferson would be 48 years-old today.
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National Center for Missing & Exploited Children:
Broward County Sheriff's Office, Missing Persons: (954) 321-4735