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Missing boys' families plead for information on anniversary

Families hope to find boys who disappeared from Paxon Middle in 2005

Age-progressed photos of missing boys Bryan Andrew Hayes and Mark Anthony Degner
Age-progressed photos of missing boys Bryan Andrew Hayes and Mark Anthony Degner


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Families of two missing boys from Jacksonville are again giving age-progressed photos to the media in hopes of finding them. Wednesday marks 11 years since their disappearance. 

Bryan Andrew Hayes and Mark Anthony Degner were special education students at Paxon Middle School.

On February 10, 2005, the boys ran out of the school building after an argument with a teacher and disappeared. The boys were known to be best friends and told others that they planned to run away.  

It was later learned that Bryan was seen getting into a car outside the school the day he disappeared. Witnesses were not sure if Mark was with him. This caused authorities to reclassify the missing boys as missing and endangered. There have been a few sightings of the boys throughout the years but their cases remain unsolved. 

If you know the whereabouts of Bryan or Mark, call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.