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Missing Duane Robert Talmon Jr.
Duane, circa 1974; Michael Thurman
Missing Since 10/30/1974
Clarence, New York
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 08/03/1958 (62)
Age 16 years old
Height and Weight 5'8, 145 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A shirt, blue Wrangler jeans and black boots.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes.
Details of Disappearance Duane was a student at Williamsville North High School in 1974. On October 30, he called his mother and told him not to pick him up at school because he was going out with a friend to Akron Park.
He asked his mother to pick him up at Miles Road. Duane's mother went to Miles Road as instructed, but Duane never showed up. He has never been heard from again.
A Tonawanda, New York man named Michael Thurman confessed to Duane's murder in 1986. A photograph of Thurman is posted with this case summary. He first became a suspect in Duane's disappearance in 1986.
Police spent months digging at that location after hearing the confession, but never found any remains. For many years Thurman remained a free man because authorities did not feel they had the evidence to convict him of Duane's murder without a body.
Authorities made the decision, in June 2003, to charge Thurman with second-degree murder in Duane's death. They elicited statements from witnesses who say they heard Thurman talk about killing him. Thurman was offered a plea bargain by prosecutors where he would face five to fifteen years in prison. He took it, pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter.
Duane remains missing; no trace of him was ever located.
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