Man who vanished in Grand Rapids 31 years ago might be linked to baseball cards under I-96 overpass

Witnesses reported seeing Gordon Page Jr. hitchhiking along I-96

Gordon Thomas Page Jr. (NamUs)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A man who vanished from a Grand Rapids group home 31 years ago is still missing, and he might be linked to a baseball card collection that was found under an I-96 overpass.

Gordon Thomas Page, Jr. was last seen May 26, 1991, at the Cascade Foster Care Home on Kraft Avenue and 60th Street in Grand Rapids. At the time, he was 28 years old.

Page was diagnosed with autism, and his parents placed him in the group home in March 1991, according to the Doe Network. His family lived in Florida.

Page went missing shortly after a visit from his father, who reported that his son seemed “anxious” to accompany him to Florida. Page tried to get into his father’s van when he was leaving, the Doe Network reports.

Officials say Page disappeared from the home five or six days after his father left.

Witnesses reported seeing someone resembling Page hitchhiking along I-96 in Grand Rapids in the days following his disappearance.

There aren’t many clues that could lead to Page’s whereabouts, but one discovery was made along the freeway shortly after his disappearance. Page was known for collecting baseball cards, and part of a collection was found under an I-96 overpass about six weeks later, officials said.

Three of the cards had been separated from the rest and were Page’s favorite players: Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, and Eddie Murray, according to the Doe Network.

The cards were found near the exit ramps leading to Detroit and Chicago.

Possible sightings of Page have been reported in the United States and Canada.

Page was 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighed about 175 pounds. He had red/auburn hair and facial hair and blue eyes. He would now be 59 years old.

Anyone with information about Page is asked to call the Kent County Sheriff’s Department at 616-632-6246.

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