Teen missing for 43 years finally identified

Teen Missing for 43 Years Finally Identified

The body of a Mississippi resident who has been missing for 43 years has finally been positively identified.

Joseph "Joey" Norman Spears escaped from the Harrison County Youth Detention Center when he was 17 and was never seen again.

This happened back in 1973 and Spears's family has been searching for him ever since.

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Now 43 years later he's been identified. It turns out Spears was struck by a car and killed while trying to cross a freeway in Texas. Spears was traveling without identification, so when he was struck no one knew who he was.

For four decades.

But after Chelsea Davidson, an employee of Hayes Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock, Texas, gathered enough evidence to conclude that Joey and the deceased young man in Texas were indeed the same person, Joey's mother was shown the body and identified him as her missing son.

Although confirmation of Joey's death is sad news for his family, they are happy to have some closure, and are grateful to the investigators for their relentless pursuit of this case after all these years.

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