1988 mystery of Jerry Plaster remains cold


Jerry Plaster, 25, disappeared on April 16, 1988, after he was dropped off at the Manassas Mall by an acquaintance.

“Detectives assigned to the case have gone through and tried to retrace everything, kind of, about Mr. Plaster. His family, employers, to try and open up any gaps that might create a lead as to where he is currently,” said Sgt. Justin Lehman with the Manassas Police Department.

A month after his disappearance, Plaster was officially reported missing to police by family members in May. Relatives close to the young man thought he may have gone to Michigan to visit a relative, but this was confirmed to not be the case.

“He is entered into a bunch of databases, a bunch of websites. FBI, state police, Manassas, Manassas crime solvers, hoping that someone will come forward with information,” said Lehman.

A little over 30 years and the case is still cold and Plaster remains missing.

“I can only speak as a human being. If one of my family members went missing and 30 years later we still don’t know where that family member is, I would be quite, quite concerned,” Lehman said.

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