Edward Chester Nye was 14 years old when he went missing from Jackson County, Oregon, over 40 years ago, and despite the efforts of local authorities, his whereabouts are still unknown.
On June 22, 1978, Edward, of Aloha, went camping with 20 members of his church youth group. While there, he left the group because he wanted to fish in the Sky Lakes area, which is located near the middle fork of the Rogue River in Prospect, according to The Capital-Journal.
That was the last time anyone saw or heard from Edward.
When police officials were notified of the teen’s disappearance, a dive team was sent to search nearby streams and lakes. During that time, devoted volunteers were searching the surrounding areas, but there was no sign of Edward.
Just one week later, authorities called off the search.
In 1978, the county search coordinator stated that they initially believed that Edward may have left the area and hitchhiked his way back home, but he never returned home.
Edward was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and brown jeans with tennis shoes, NamUs reported.
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children later released an age progression photo of Edward that shows what he could possibly look like as an adult.
If Edward were ever found, he would be in his 50s.
Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Edward Chester Nye is urged to call the Jackson County Cold Case Team at (541) 774-6800.
For those wanting to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers of Southern Oregon at 1-800-850-0580.