November 2, 2007

11/02/07: Justin Gaines, 18, Duluth, GA

Justin Gaines is still missing.
Justin Gaines, a well-liked 18-year-old, attending Gainesville State College went to a nightclub with friends in Duluth, GA on November 2, 2007. He was last seen around 2 a.m. after he was unable to get a ride home.

On November 1, 2007, Justin came home from Athens, Ga. around 8 p.m. He then changed his clothes and left for a friend's house around 8:30 p.m. Justin and his friends decided to go out to Wild Bill's, one of Justin's favorite bars in Duluth, GA. It advertised it's 18 & up night as, "18 to party, 21 to drink," but Justin reportedly had two fake ID's--one with the name Brad Allen and the other with the name Brad Shewe.

According to, the surveillance video showed he arrived at exactly 11:38 p.m. Eyewitnesses last saw Justin around 1 a.m. at the bar. Then Justin called his roommate around 2 a.m. for a ride. According to, his roommate was not able to pick him up, and he left the bar sometime between 2 and 2:30 a.m. A parking lot attendant said Justin had found a ride, but he has not been heard from since.

The Search for Justin
Justin is normally good about checking in with his family, so by Sunday Justin's mom, Erika Wilson, was worried. She got in touch with his friends and tried local medical facilities but found no trace of her son. According to, Justin's car, wallet and laptop were left at his parent's home. His cell phone is no longer in use (battery died). Police initially tried to track Justin's cell phone signal and looked over any relevant video surveillance from the night Justin disappeared. Investigators now say they are working leads that may support evidence that Justin met with foul play that night. Justin's family has increased a reward of up to $25,000 for anyone who can provide information on Justin's whereabouts.

Facts of Interest in This Case:
Name/Age: Justin Gaines, 18
College: Gainesville State College in Oconee, GA
Last Seen: 11/2/07, 2 a.m., Wild Bill's bar (2075 Market St NW), Duluth, GA
Physical Description: 5'10, 230 lbs., blue eyes, buzzed brown hair, muscular build.
Justin was last seen wearing a long-sleeved gray with "Abercrombie" stamped on the chest and diamond stud earrings in both ears.
Links: My Space, Official search page


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Anonymous said...

This is unlikely related, but odd coincidences. (Wild Bill's, left alone, friends didnt think he was too impaired).,23739,25090170-3102,00.html

Dan in Detroit said...

The killer thinks that he`s Zodiac. He even left Zodiac symbols at the murder of Booth in Ridley Creek. Zodiac hated SiNELLi. Smiley face victim SNELL called for help saying someONE that he didn`t know was hunting him, just as Zodiac had brgged about his greatest Game being hunting men. Justin Gaines was from SNELLville. SiNELLi-SNELL-SNELLville. See Jonbenet Ramsey forum-Smiley Face thread.-Dan in Detroit

Mbaz said...

How would the parking lot attendant know that he found a ride? Did he/she physically see him get into the car with somebody. I think the best chance they have at finding him would be to interview that attendent, however this has probably already happened. I just find it improbable that he got into some random mans car.This would only leave two options, 1)The people who offered him a ride were women. 2)He knew the person.