On July 7, 1995 Gail Whitson received a phone call that her son, 15-year-old Daniel Furr had failed to show up to summer school. She began calling and searching for him, eventually going to the sheriff’s office in Pontotoc County to report him missing. Unfortunately, that July wasn’t the first time that Daniel had reportedly run away and the deputies failed to take the report of Daniel missing seriously- until a body was found in the quarry at the abandoned Ada Brick Plant.
Four days after he was reported missing, the body of Daniel Furr was found below a 30 foot drop off into the quarry pit. The medical examiner determined that Daniel was murdered, his cause of death was a traumatic injury to the chest. The autopsy report noted that he had sustained several stab-like wounds, though it stopped short of saying those wounds had contributed to Daniel’s death or not.
There have never been any suspects arrested in connection with the murder of Daniel Furr, who had reportedly been involved with a rough gang for a brief time in 1995. At the time of his death, Daniel was turning things around, starting to realize that the way he wanted to live his life wasn’t the way he had been living it. He had gotten back into church, was spending more time at home.
Undersheriff Joe Glover has stated that one of the possible suspects in Daniel’s murder had been himself a victim of homicide in 2003.
The OSBI is currently investigating Daniel’s case, and there is a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Daniel was only 15 when he was murdered, he didn’t get a chance to live his life. His parents did not get the chance to see the man their son would become. He was loved, and he is missed. This family deserves to know what happened to their son; to their brother.
If you know anything about the disappearance and murder of Daniel Lee Furr, please contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017.