Authorities renew efforts to solve boy's 2000 disappearance

Eric Wayne Pyles' 30th birthday last week

UNION TWP., Pa. - Eighteen birthdays have come and gone without the one clue that could help Pennsylvania State Police investigators with Reading-based Troop L solve the disappearance of a then-12-year-old boy.

Eric Wayne Pyles was last seen near his home in Union Township, Lebanon County, on the afternoon of December 12, 2000.

On Monday, nearly a week after Pyles' 30th birthday, Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers sought new publicity for the cold case by re-releasing a composite image of what Pyles is believed to look like now, more than 17 years after his disappearance.

Pyles' family members have also tried to keep the case in the spotlight through the Facebook page, "Help Bring Eric Pyles Home."

"Well, 2018 is upon us and still no word on my [little] brother," reads one recent post. "I just hope he is OK and he comes home soon. 18 years is too long not knowing what happened to him or where he may be, but not a day goes by that Eric isn't on my mind."

Pyles got off the school bus near his home on December 12, 2000, but he proceeded to walk the opposite way, south on Awol Road and into the backyard of a home on Silvertown Road, authorities said.

Later that same day, the secretary at Jonestown Bible Church was the last to report seeing Pyles, at approximately 2:45 p.m.

Pyles is originally from Luray, Virginia, where both his parents were living at the time he disappeared. He had a history of running away, but he usually returned after a few hours, officials said.

Multiple searches have turned up nothing.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers at 800-4PA-TIPS.

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