John Thomas Watson
Watson, approximately 2015
Date reported missing : 08/07/2015
Missing location (approx) :
Walton County, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 06/22/1977 (44)
Age at the time of disappearance: 38 years old
Height / Weight : 6'3, 200 - 230 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black tank top and khaki shorts.
Medical conditions : Watson suffers from seizures. He was not taking any medication for them at the time of his disappearance, however.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Watson goes by his initials, JT. He has the following tattoos: a star, a steer skull, a rattlesnake, a dot and a mushroom on his left arm, a heart and names on the left side of his chest, the letters "TAZ" on the right side of his chest, a broken heart, a cross and praying hands on his right arm, and an Iron Cross with a heart and a ribbon with a name on his right leg.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Watson was last seen in Defuniak Springs, Florida on August 7, 2015. He has never been heard from again. He had been released from prison on July 1, and after that had stayed with family and occasionally in local motels. He checked into the Adams Motel in Defuniak Springs the night he was last seen, but it's unclear whether he actually slept there.
The month he went missing, Watson purchased two used vehicles. He was driving a black 1997 Mitsubishi MirAge at the time of disappearance: at the time of his disappearance. Since his disappearance, Watson hasn't used his bank account or EBT (electronic benefits transfer) card, or gone to his place of employment or his doctor's appointments.
Because he was under conditional release when he went missing, he's classified as an absconder in addition to being a missing person. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Walton County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
The Northwest Florida Daily News
Florida Department of Corrections
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