Missing since: 09/15/08
Missing from: Cleveland,Tennessee
Classification: Missing Endangered
Age at Disappearance: 74
Date Of Birth: 02/27/35
Clothing: Darkpants or blue jeans, plaid flannel shirt
Scars: Previous open heart surgery. Missing several front teeth
Circumstances of Disappearance
Payne was last seen on foot collecting cans from a dumpster near Ocoee Village Apts near 2nd & Lowery Street in Cleveland Tennessee by a resident on 09/14/08 around 11:00 A.M. A resident of the apartment building stated it was at the 3rd dumpster where he was last seen.
Payne has not been seen since. His case remains unsolved.
Smokey Mountain Man’s Simple Life Scarred By Tragedy
At 73, Donnie Payne lived a quiet, simple life in the foothills of the Smokey Mountains in rural Cleveland, Tenn. He lived with his wife of just nine months, Hazel, and his beloved dog, a Jack Russell Terrier.
Donnie loved being outdoors, and enjoyed fishing and camping. Among his favorite places is an area known as Price’s Creek on the Hiwassee River.
Wherever he went, he was always wearing a plaid shirt, dark pants and sporting some kind of hat, and he always had his beloved dog by his side.
Like his life, his culinary tastes were simple, and preferred the local diner rather than some fancy place.
No one knows what happened to him on September 14, 2008 to make him disappear. The last anyone saw or heard from him, he was headed out to look for aluminum cans.
Law enforcement says there may or may not be foul play. They just don’t know.
Sadly, just one month after he went missing, his beloved wife Hazel died.
Several years prior to Donnie’s disappearance, there was an arson on his property, and a dear friend of his died.
Police have ruled out any connection between the persons responsible for the fire and Donnie’s disappearance.
According to members of Donnie’s family, there have been many rumors about foul play.
One is that he was killed for a mere $200 and thrown into a dumpster.
While they fear the worst, they want to know what happened to him. They hope the right person will hear their cry for help and provide police with the information they need to solve the case.
Bradley County Sheriffs Office ( Tennessee)
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