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John Smith South Jr.

Missing Person Case September 2021

Missing Person Case September 2021

Missing Person Case September 2021

Missing Person Case September 2021

South, approximately 1998

Date reported missing : 12/18/1998

Missing location (approx) :
Mountain City, Tennessee
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 54 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 210 pounds
Medical conditions : South suffers from health problems due to exposure to Age at the time of disappearance: nt Orange in Vietnam.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown/green eyes. South's nickname is Junior.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : South was last seen in Mountain City, Tennessee on December 18, 1998. His daughters and granddaughter had plans to visit him that day and help him put up his Christmas tree, but when they arrived, South's car wasn't in the driveway and the house was deserted. The doors were unlocked, as they usually were, and the wood stove, the only source of heat in the house, was cold.
His daughters learned that South had gone to work that day, then gone home, where he left his tool belt. He drove his car, a white 1985 or 1989 Subaru Justy hatchback with a cracked left taillight and the Tennessee license plate number 292-EJW, to the bar and was seen by several friends there. No one is sure when he left the bar and he apparently never arrived home. He has never been heard from again.
South's vehicle has never been recovered. He is missing under suspicious circumstances and foul play is suspected in his case. He is a Vietnam War veteran. His case remains unsolved.

Other information and links : ncy

Johnson County Sheriff's Department

September 2021 updates and sources

The Doe Network
The Mountain City Tomahawk
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NBC News

October 12, 2004. January 6, 2019; picture and Medical conditions : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.