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Missing Faye Eva Whatley
Faye, circa 1976
Missing Since 01/27/1976
Classification Endangered Missing
Age 68 years old
Height and Weight Unknown
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female.
There was a bullet hole through the windowpane and shade in the front of the house. It was later determined to be the size of a .22 bullet, and it had been fired from inside the house, not outside, at waist-level height. Besides the bullet hole, there were no indications that a struggle had taken place, and no bloodstains. The Whatleys' minister was surprised to hear the shade had been down; he stated they seldom if ever pulled their shades down.
Both the couple's vehicles were parked in the garage. Their personal belongings were inside the home, intact, including their eyeglasses and money inside their wallets. Curiously, the mahogany bedroom door had been taken off its hinges and was missing. A latch John had installed to keep the door from slamming when the windows were open had been forcibly damaged, and there was a splinter from the door on the floor. One theory is that the door was used as a stretcher to convey John and Faye, or their bodies, out of the house. There were scratch marks on the front door of the residence, which could have been made as the bedroom door passed through.
Although the last confirmed sighting of John and Faye happened on January 26, authorities believe the couple disappeared either late on January 27 or early January 28. They base this on the fact that there was a January 27 issue of the newspaper open inside the house, but the January 28 issue was still in the couple's mailbox.
A blue or green van or pickup truck had been seen by hunters at about 9:45 p.m. on January 27, speeding down the road to the Whatley residence. The vehicle came back in the opposite direction about an hour later. It has not been identified.
An extensive search of the local area turned up no sign of the Whatleys. The missing bedroom door was found about a year after the couple disappeared, in the loft of a barn that had been previously searched multiple times.
John was a self-made millionaire who had operated a small dairy in what is now Austin, Texas starting in the 1920s. He later sold the dairy and invested in some land which he resold for $500,000 cash. His assets at the time of his disappearance totaled somewhere between $2 and $7 million, and he and his wife both owned Mercedes-Benz cars, but they were not conspicuously wealthy and kept to themselves. John had moved to the Bastrop area about twenty years prior to his disappearance and he and Faye married in 1972. They had few close friends and no known enemies.
No ransom demand was made in the Whatleys' disappearances, but investigators do believe they may have been kidnapped and killed. The motive for their possible abductions has never been established, however. Foul play is suspected in their cases, which remain unsolved.
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