FBI Atlanta
Public Affairs Specialist Jenna Sellitto
(770) 216-3162
August 25, 2023

Valdosta Police and FBI Make New Push to Solve 21-Year-Old Missing Persons Case of Mother and Son

VALDOSTA—A 21-year-old Valdosta missing persons case is at the center of a new push to find answers for the family of a mother and son.

The FBI is now showing age progression pictures of Paula Wade and her son Brandon on its FBI.gov website.



The FBI Atlanta Field Office and Valdosta Resident Agency, along with Valdosta Police and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are working together to find new clues in the case.

The Wades were reported missing on October 14th, 2002, when Paula didn’t show up for work. At the time, Paula was 26 and Brandon was three years old.

Over the years, the Valdosta Police Department has worked the case but has never been able to find clues as to where the Wades could be or who, if anyone, might have wanted to harm them.

The age progression pictures show what Brandon Wade might look like at the age of 23 and his mother at 45.

The new FBI missing person poster notes Paula Wade may be wearing corrective lenses or glasses. She also uses an inhaler for asthma.

Anyone with information on the Wades disappearance is asked to contact the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office at 770-216-3000 or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov.

Brandon Wade
Brandon Wade Age-Progressed
Paula Wade
Paula Wade Age Progressed