He was reported missing by his mother on April 1, 2015. Reportedly, he borrowed a truck from his employer, Ricky Dale Howard, on March 30th to use for work at another part-time job.
Police have not disclosed or are unsure how, but that truck was returned to Mr. Howard on April 1.
Still, young Caleb has not been seen.
The family believes foul-play is involved and is pleading for persons with information to contact authorities.
The news articles on Caleb describe the eighteen-year-old as a "white male with blue eyes. He is 6 -feet 2-inches tall and 145 pounds."
Two of the four news services covering the story (in Wichita Falls, TX & Bowie, TX) ran their articles with the following photo of Caleb.
Does that look like an 18-year-old to you?
Are the braces just throwing me off?
I was curious so I did some digging.
This much better representation of Caleb photos was posted online by his sister, Courtney Diehl.
His appearance is quite different, eh?
Interesting to note that the "braces" picture was not included in the collage.
So, how long ago was that first picture taken?
According to this post from a friend's social media account, Caleb had his braces removed in November.
NOVEMBER OF 2013!
So this picture, being used to accompany emergency info, may be more than two years old?
My message to the media?
Please use updated pictures for missing person stories. If the public is supposed to be looking for a missing 18-year-old, don't give us a historical image of a teen in braces.
If a photo is not immediately available for the story, publish what is accurate and then include the current photo later. If a correction needs to be made, do it.
I should not be able to access mistaken details about Caleb's case almost 60 days later.
I can't imagine the pain that Caleb's family is going through in dealing with a loved one who has vanished.
They should be able to depend on the press to release and maintain accurate information.
One thing is certain: The public can't help find someone, if they don't know what the person looks like.
I hope you all have a good weekend.