On Friday December 8th, 2000 around midnight Johnny Walden and his Wife Ann Walden reported there son Joshua Lee Walden missing. Josh was last seen wearing a red shirt and black jeans while riding a 20 inch Magnum bicycle which he had painted with a dull red paint. Before he went missing Josh was seen several places around the neighborhood riding on his bicycle but was last seen on the 4500 block of Fourteenth Avenue near him home. Friends, neighbors, and police search or two day but the search came up empty. On Sunday, December the 10th day Josh’s brother Jonathan Walden and some other boys were playing in a wooded area off the 3100 block of Sixteenth Avenue on the western slope of Missionary Ridge discovered the the body of young Walden about half a mile from his home.
riday December 8th, 2000 around midnight Johnny Walden and his Wife Ann Walden reported their son
The body was found laying in a depression in the ground and was covered in leaves. An inspection of the body found some superficial abrasions on Josh’s nose as well as on the right side of his face other then those abrasion there were no signs of trauma to the body nor where there any sign of a sexual assault. Also a chemical was found on and an under the body as well as on some nearby leaves. The one odd thing that was noticed about the body is that the shoes and socks were missing.
Tests later revealed that the chemical was an acid that is historically known as Muriatic acid. The acid is also known as Hydrochloric Acid or HCI. This is a strong inorganic acid which is made by dissolving hydrochloride in water. This acid used for things such as cleaning metal, concrete, pickling steel, the production of organic compounds, the production of inorganic compounds, the controlling and neutralization of ph, the Regeneration of ion exchangers, leather processing, building construction, and in household cleaning. When one is handling this acid they need protective gear such as rubber or PVC gloves, eye goggles, and chemical-resistant clothing and shoes.
It has been about twelve years now and this boys killer has yet to be brought to justice. The news media has made a number of reports in the years since the boy’s murder. In one they report on how some years up till 2008 someone kept a small memorial at the place were the body was found. The latest news report was in August of 2010 where it was talking about a man by the name of Earl Teague who is now looking into the cold case murder. In the report it says Teague has looked over the police and autopsy reports, made and put up posters, and has talked to tipsters. Teague says that he started out with a list of 19 suspects and he now has it down to one person. That person is a known sex offender that was living in East Lake at the time on the murder. Mr. Teague’s case is centered around a house that once sat on the corner of 39th street and 14th Avenue that burned down just days before young Josh Walden was murdered. The people who lived in the house said that they had given their son’s smokey clothing to a man in the neighborhood.
Someone out there knows what happened all those years ago. Someone has the answers to the mystery. Some people out that may have the missing pieces of this puzzle of who killed this small boy and I ask anyone with any info about this case no matter how small to please contact Dark Ghost [email protected]