Murder in Mayberry: True Crime in America's Hometown
Administrator/True Crime Author
Donna G. Smith
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Joseph Carl Pike Missing June 2009
Joseph's mother, Pat Pike, said she just wants to know what happened to her son. “He was a good young’un. He could have had a heart attack, he could have fallen and hit his head. We just don’t know one way or the other." Mrs. Pike said Joe made friends easily and never met a stranger. She said if people saw him walking from their home on McBride Road to the crossroads, they would give him a ride there or back home.
Missing since: June 26, 2009
Reported Missing: July 6, 2009
Missing from: Mount Airy, North Carolina
Facial Hair: Goatee
Pike has had several back surgeries and walks with a distinctive gait. He has had open heart surgery. He has rods in his left ankle. Joseph has a tattoo of the astrological sign Leo on the inside of his left thumb.
Human remains found in a wooded section of Cana, Virginia, not far from the North Carolina border on April 1, 2012 were not those of Joseph Pike. Those remains were determined to have been of an Hispanic man.
If you have any information on this case please contact: Surry County, NC Sheriff Department (336) 401-8900 or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at (336) 786-4000
UPDATE: A hunter found Joseph Carl Pike's remains April 12, 2013 in a wooded area of South Parkview Trail in Flat Rock. The University of North Texas identified Pike's bone fragment with the aid of a DNA sample and medical records. No other remains were found. The cause of Pike's death is still under investigation.