Vanished into thin air."
That was a headline that ran on June 15, 1997, in the Times Record News — about a month after Gregory Keith Mann Jr., went missing.
Fifteen years have passed since the last time anyone saw the then-20-year-old Rider High School graduate — who went by Keith. The headlines continued to appear every few years around the anniversary of his disappearance. But few developments ever came out of the now long cold case.
"We really believe that someone saw something, and that maybe that person will finally come forward with that information," Debra Mann, Keith's mother said Thursday. "I wish there was something new to report, but we're still pretty much where we were 15 years ago — at a standstill."
Keith was last seen by friends who dropped him off at the Fountaingate apartments about 11:45 p.m., May 10, 1997. Witnesses told police they saw him walk up the stairs to his door. No one ever saw him again.
The car he drove earlier that night — a red Ford Mustang — turned up near his family's home.
Officer Jeff Hughes, Wichita Falls police spokesman, said Thursday the case remains open, but there were no new details to report. Anyone with information about Keith's disappearance is asked to contact the police department at 761-7767.
Thursday, Mann's family ran in ad in the TRN seeking information as well. Keith's picture was placed next to a description — detailing the short, light-brown hair and blue eyes his family remembers. He would be 35 years old today.
A cash reward is offered — as it has been for many years — in the hope someone will be compelled to reveal a key piece of information that could either bring Keith home or bring the family closure. Still, Debra said such hope can be maddening at times.
"I think we've driven ourselves crazy over the years thinking of what could have happened to him," Debra said. "We just hope that someday, someone will have that missing piece of the puzzle for us."
Information also can be given to the Texas Department of Public Safety at 851-5564.http://www.timesrecordnews.com/news/2012/m...e-in-cold-case/