Real Name: Timothy Molnar
Case: Lost Son/Heir
Date: January 24, 1984
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Details: Nineteen-year-old aeronautical mechanics student Tim Molnar left his home on the morning of January 24, 1984 and never returned. The last person to see him was his 14-year-old brother, Frank. Some believe that Tim was a victim of foul play, but others, including his family, believe that he ran away to start a new life. Two weeks after he vanished, Tim's family learned that on the day Tim vanished, he stopped at a gas station in Lake City, Florida, and paid for a tank of gas with his parent's credit card. His family was told by the gas station attendant that Tim was traveling alone. They later received a letter from an auto impound company in Georgia, claiming that Tim had left his car in a parking lot, one block away from Atlanta's Greyhound bus terminal six days after he was last seen.
His family found his driver's license, wallet, credit card, and other items in his car suggesting that Tim had changed his identity. They also found that several expensive items from the car were missing, including a stereo, his expensive tool set, and a bicycle. His family is uncertain whether he chose to disappear or if something else happened to him. For some reason, he took no clothes with him other than the ones he was wearing, but just before leaving he took out nearly all of the money from his savings account. However, he left $10 in the account, possibly a way of saying that he may one day return. Now, over a decade later, his family believes that he is still alive and want him to come back home. If he does return, Tim would be heir to a $50,000 fortune because a relative passed away just days after he vanished.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: The case was featured as a part of the November 17, 1995 episode.
Results: Unresolved. When the segment re-ran on January 31, 1996, a viewer named Steven Cull called the telecenter claiming that he recognized Tim's clothing as the clothing that he found on a body frozen in ice in Neosho, Wisconsin ten years earlier. After Steven contacted the medical examiner, they contacted the Molnar family and received DNA samples. The body was confirmed to be Tim's through DNA testing, but the cause of death could not be determined, nor could anyone determine why Tim traveled all the way to Wisconsin. The Molnar family held a memorial service for him and had him buried in Daytona Beach, Florida. His death remains unsolved.
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