|Disappeared||January 14, 1973|
|Missing for||48 years|
Norman Lamar Prater (born June 6, 1956) was a teenage boy who disappeared in 1973.
Norman was last seen in Dallas, Texas on January 14, 1973. At about midnight he left his home with a promise of returning shortly but he hasn't been seen or heard from since that day. Norman was ostensibly going to visit his mother who worked at an all-night coffee shop. He was accompanied by two teenage boys and an older Hispanic man.
His mother knew the Hispanic man by sight but didn't recognize the teenage boys. The two teenage boys had shoulder length hair. Norman made a promise to his mother that he'd help her move the following day, but he never made it back home.
Authorities have looked into the possibility that Norman was a victim of the serial killer Dean Corll. Corll, nicknamed the Candy Man, and his two teenage accomplices, David Brooks and Elmer Wayne Henley, are responsible for the sexual assault, torture and murder of at least 28 teenage boys and young men in Houston, Texas between 1970 and 1973.
Norman lived in Houston with his father during the 1970/1971 school year, in a neighborhood where many of Corll's victims came from. He also attended Jackson Junior High School in Houston, which Henley also went to. After moving to Dallas to be with his mother, Norman continued to visit Houston regularly on weekends.
It hasn't been proven that Norman was one of Corll's victims because none of the recovered corpses turned out to be his but there is a possibility that Corll had additional victims.
- Brown hair.
- Blue eyes.
- Earlobes are attached.