Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes

Mark Degner Age Progressed to 17 Years Old

Mark Degner Age Progressed to 17 Years Old

Mark Degner

Date of Birth: July 13, 1992

White Male

Height: 5’1”       Weight: 100 lbs

Hair: Brown      Eyes: Hazel

Missing: February 10, 2005           From: Jacksonville, FL

Distinguishing Features: Mark has a nervous tick where he shrugs his shoulders and blinks his eyes when he is nervous.  He has one ear pierced.




Bryan Hayes Age Progressed to 17 Years Old

Bryan Hayes Age Progressed to 17 Years Old

Bryan Hayes

Date of Birth: December 12, 1991

White Male

Height: 5’3”       Weight: 150 lbs

Hair: Red          Eyes: Blue

Missing: February 10, 2005                    From: Jacksonville, FL

Distinguishing Features: Bryan has a scar on the LEFT side of his torso.  He had a broken thumb at the time of his disappearance and was wearing a blue cast over his hand and wrist.




Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes, went missing on February 10, 2005 when they left the Paxon Middle school, following an argument with a teacher at 1:15 p.m. where they were students in Jacksonville, Florida.  They did not even stop to take their back packs and coats.  It was reported to police that the two had plans to runaway. The mother of another student at the school notified a local news network which notified the police department. The two boys are classified as endangered missing, as the details are not clear in determining if the boys ran away or were led away, also, both boys require medical attention. Mark and Bryan are both developmentally delayed with the emotional development of an 8 to 10 year old child at the time of their disappearance. Both boys suffer from bipolar disorder and require medication. Mark also requires daily medication for kidney problems and high blood pressure. Neither of the boys had any of their medication on them at the time of their disappearance. The boys were 12 and 13 when they were reported missing, and now would be nearly 19 and 20. It was thought that the boys were headed to Port Orange, Central Florida, where Bryan’s grandmother lived. However, after countless claims of sightings the boys have not been seen in or around the area. Around 90 sex offenders in the local area where Mark and Bryan went missing have been questioned by law enforcement, but no suspects have been named. The mother of one boy believes that someone must be helping them. She claims that neither boy would be old enough or mature enough to know how to survive alone for this long. She can only hope that this person(s), whoever they may be, is taking good care of the boys, and not causing them harm. The boys’ story has been featured on America’s Most Wanted, and the Montel Williams show. A member of our organization met with Bryan’s grandmother and grandfather, and mothers of the boys, at the grandparent’s home in Port Orange. They sat and looked at photo albums with pictures of the boys. As they remembered the day they learned the boys were missing, you could feel the pain they each felt. Our member was taken down the street, where the families had put up missing posters on just about every pole or tree they could find. Neighbours were only too happy to assist the family in their effort. Preston Degner, Mark’s father, spent 20 hours a day searching for the boys in the first weeks when the boys went missing but was unable to find any answers. Rewards in the case have grown from $1000 to $5000 for information on the two boys’ disappearance. There has also been a $10,000 reward issued by the Justice Coalition for anyone that has information concerning the disappearance of Mark and Bryan. It’s now been over six years since the boys have been reported as missing. The police did confirm a sighting of Mark and Bryan in Holly Hills, Florida in April 2005, however a search of Holly Hills after the sighting turned up no sign of either of the boys and did not develop any new leads. To this day neither boy has been seen or heard from since.


If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Mark Degner and Bryan Hayes, please immediately contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at:



~ by LTWH on September 28, 2008.

6 Responses to “MARK DEGNER and BRYAN HAYES – ENDANGERED MISSING February 10, 2005 – UPDATED 04.10.2013”

  1. I have never heard of this case until I just read it.. I pray they are found safe.

  2. I also had never heard of this case before Ann brought it to me – it is truly terrifying to think that someone would consider it ‘help’ to aid these boys in running away, especially with their many health problems requiring medication. I hope we can bring more awareness to these 2 young men and help their families find answers.

  3. This world grows scarier everday.

  4. According to family members, one of the issues for these boys and many others is that people assume they have been found which isn’t the case. The family is active in continuing to keep them in the public eye.

  5. MCA, our thoughts and prayers are with the boys family and friends. If you have any more info that you would like to share and have posted on here. Please email the above email address. We encourge any updates.
    Thank you,
    God Bless you

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