Gone in the blink of an eye

Barbara Warner Soares, center, looks at photos of her son, David Warner, with her sister, Kathy Nash, right, at the home of Soares’ twin sister, Addie Mae Maples, far left, in Jefferson City. David was 12 years old when he disappeared on March 2, 1983.

No trace ever found of 12-year-old Jefferson City boy missing since 1983

By Jim Balloch

Each month the News Sentinel is highlighting the nature of missing-persons cases as well as specific disappearances through the decades in the East Tennessee area. Read more stories.

JEFFERSON CITY – David Warner was a slender kid with buck teeth, blond hair, dark eyes and an odd mix of personality traits.

He was 12 years old and still in fourth grade at Jefferson City Elementary School. Yet he was more intelligent than suggested by the report cards that had held him back.

“He was really a pretty smart boy,” said next-door neighbor Bob

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