MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Police Department has opened an investigation into a missing person identified as Jason Callahan after efforts on a social media page to identify “Grateful Doe,” a young man who was killed in a car accident around the time Callahan went missing.
According to Lt. Joey Crosby of MBPD, Callahan has not been seen or heard from since June of 1995, when he left to follow the band Grateful Dead. The investigation began after information was received from the “Grateful Doe” social media efforts.
The “Grateful Doe” Facebook page displays social media efforts to solve this 20 year old mystery. The page states that the unidentified man known as "Grateful Doe" was killed in a car accident in June 1995 in Virginia, and was not identifiable due to the extensive injuries. Two years ago, a new image was reconstructed, giving new hope to those who have followed this case. One Grateful Doe Facebook post reads, “He lived in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Champaign, Illinois. He may also have been in the Garden City, South Carolina area. He was into Surfing and the Grateful Dead. He may also have gone to Rainbow gatherings.”
The Grateful Doe Community on Facebook hopes their “Doe” will be positively identified this year. One post said, “Let's make 2015 be our year for our doe to be I'd. In the mean time please don't stop sharing his poster and invite as many people to the page as possible.” Members of the Facebook page urged people to come forward if they recognized the young man in the photos.
MBPD is working with other agencies to collect DNA samples to determine if Callahan, the man who went missing from Myrtle Beach in 1995, is in fact “Grateful Doe.” The samples have been sent off for evaluation.
Lt. Crosby said MBPD heard of the "Grateful Doe" case before this missing persons report, but added the similarities between the two cases sparked an interest for investigators.
"The information she gave to officers who are investigating the case the missing case of Jason Callahan sound remarkably similar to the Grateful Doe investigation so that's why we are trying to see if those two cases are connected," added Lt. Crosby.