Donald Ray Fortson
Missing since November 3, 1998 from Cleveland; Blount County, Alabama
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Fortson and his nephew, Huey Hazelrig, were last seen in the Cleveland area of Blount County, AL on November 3, 1998.
Police found the pickup truck they were last seen in engulfed in flames along Warrior Valley Road just inside Etowah County.
A friend last saw the two men together at Hazelrig's trailer and said they left together about 15.30 to go check on a car. Hazelrig collected antique cars. He made a long distance call before he left.
Hazelrig took $3000 with him when he went to look at the car. Hazelrig was a full-time farmer and he and his uncle also worked together on wallboard jobs. Both men left thousands of dollars in their bank accounts money that has not been touched.
Both had been in trouble before but nothing too serious. Fortson in the mid-1990s was convicted of several alcohol-related charges.
Hazelrig and his uncle lived together and often worked together on gypsum wallboard jobs. Family members describe Fortson as a humble man who years ago lost his daughter to murder.
There's a strong suspicion of foul play
Investigators Blount County Sheriff's Office
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NCIC Number: M-168728991 Source Information:
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Alabama Department of Public Safety
Birmingham News (AL) 11/5/01