John Clifton Ballenger
Ballenger, approximately 1977
Date reported missing : 06/26/1977
Missing location (approx) :
Satellite Beach, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 06/26/1957 (64)
Age at the time of disappearance: 20 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10 - 5'11, 130 - 150 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A light blue pullover shirt, dark blue pants and beige suede shoes.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Blond hair, green eyes. Ballenger's nickname is Cliff.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Ballenger was last seen in Satellite Beach, Florida on June 26, 1977, his twentieth birthday. That night he went on a double date to watch Star Wars. During the movie, Ballenger excused himself to go to the bathroom. He never came back and has never been heard from again. He was carrying about $15 in cash at the time of his disappearance.
At the time of his disappearance, Ballenger was dealing with some personal problems: he was unemployed and abusing alcohol and drugs. He had run away from home once when he was sixteen, but was located after three weeks. Although police stated there's no evidence he was abducted and they think he may have chosen to walk out of his life, foul play is a possibility in his case as well.
Two close male friends of Ballenger's were badly beaten shortly before he disappeared; they lived near his home and may have been involved in the local drug trade. It's unclear whether the assault had anything to do with his disappearance, which remains unsolved.
Ballenger is a graduate of Satellite Beach High School. He was declared legally dead twelve years after his disappearance.
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Brevard County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
The Orlando Sentinel
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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