Image: Larry circa 1979
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: May 22, 1979 from Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Age: 9 years old
Height and Weight: 4’9″; 50 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White Male, Brown hair, Blue eyes, Larry is moderately disabled
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light blue pullover t-shirt with blue sleeves and a yellow trim with a Superman logo, Brown or rust colored pants, blue and yellow sneakers
Circumstances of Disappearance
Larry Wayne Perry vanished without a trace on May 22nd 1979 from Dumfries, Virginia. He ate supper at his home he shared with his maternal grandparents and left the home at approximately 8:00 pm. He was seen chasing a four wheel pickup truck. He was never seen or heard from again.
Larry’s grandparents reported his disappearance at 12:00 am when they couldn’t find him. Extensive searches of the area turned up no sign of Larry. His grandmother stated he was very trusting which could’ve made him an easy target.
A day after Larry’s disappearance, authorities questioned Michael Carl George, he was the man who drove the vehicle that Larry was seen chasing after. He initially denied knowing or speaking to the boy in the evening that Larry vanished.
In August of 1982, he confessed to what happens the evening of Larry’s disappearance. He stated that he went target shooting and that Larry followed him to the area. He stated that Larry shot himself by accident because he left his pistol in the hood of his truck while he attended to another gun. He apparently had his back turned to the child.
He apparently panicked and buried Larry’s body in a ravine and covered it with branches and leaves. Authorities searched the region for Larry’s remains but his body was not located.
Authorities do not believe the story of Larry accidentally shooting him self. They believe Michael killed him intentionally. Authorities could not prove intentional murder even though he was originally charged with it. He pleaded guilty to abduction and involuntary manslaughter in 1984 but only served 2 years and then was released in 1986.
George would later go on to kidnap, torture, and murder Alexander Eugene Sztanko In 1990. He also claimed to have murdered another person but this has not been confirmed with or by official sources. Michael was executed in 1997.
Larry has never been found. His case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected in the case.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Prince William County Sheriffs Office 703-792-7200