John Lloyd Heflin
Heflin, approximately 1969
Date reported missing : 01/01/1969
Missing location (approx) :
Oktibbeha County, Mississippi
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 01/31/1944 (77)
Age at the time of disappearance: 23 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6 - 6'0, 160 - 185 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Heflin's nickname is Buddy.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Heflin was last seen in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi on January 1, 1969. He has never been heard from again.
He and his wife of six years were separated at the time of his disappearance: he was living in Jackson, Mississippi and working at a Kroger grocery store, and she had taken their two sons and moved to Chicago. She learned about his disappearance from a relative. Heflin apparently took his vehicle (possibly a VolkswAge at the time of disappearance: n) when he disappeared.
Heflin may have been involved in illegal activity with a man in Longview, Mississippi; he was possibly the getaway driver of a car involved in a crime.
One of his friends gave him a ride to the man's house and heard Heflin arguing with the man, and when Heflin came outside he was crying and said he couldn't say what had happened because it would put his friend's life in danger. His friend urged him to go the police, but Heflin refused, saying the man had threatened to kill his family.
Heflin's wife stated he would occasionally drop out of sight for months at a time, but she didn't believe he would have permanently abandoned his children. Although there's no hard evidence of foul play in his disappearance, it hasn't been ruled out. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Mississippi Highway Patrol
September 2021 updates and sources
The Clarion Ledger
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October 12, 2004. February 25, 2017; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.