Murrian, approximately 1991
Date reported missing : 04/24/1991
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/22/1929 (92)
Age at the time of disappearance: 61 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 185 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. White hair, brown eyes. Murrian has scars on his left elbow, left wrist and right cheek.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Murrian took off from Melbourne Regional Airport in his single-engine Piper Comanche plane at 4:30 p.m. on May 8, 1991. He didn't file a flight plan because he only expected to be gone for about half an hour. He never returned from his flight and has never been heard from again. His plane was never found.
Melbourne's wife reported him missing early the next day. Authorities believe he crashed the plane in a remote area. A twelve-day search, involving 298 flights over a 10,000 square mile area, turned up no sign of him. Although he had only planned on a brief recreational flight, his plane had enough fuel to fly as far as 700 miles.
Murrian is an experienced pilot with more than 2,200 hours of flying time and multiple Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) ratings. He grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee and attended Central High School, and his five siblings all still lived in Knoxville in 1991. He worked as a maintenance man at the time of his disappearance and was a deacon at Lockmar Baptist Church.
His case remains unsolved, but he is presumed deceased. He has since been declared legally dead.
Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies give the date of Murrian's disappearance as April 24, 1991.
Other information and links : ncy
Brevard County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Knoxville News-Sentinel
The Doe Network
October 12, 2004. March 31, 2018; picture added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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