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Joseph Leon Johnson

Missing Person Case September 2021

Missing Person Case September 2021

Johnson, approximately 1980 (approximately eighteen years prior to his disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable); William Merritt

Date reported missing : 01/01/2008

Missing location (approx) :
Miami, Florida
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :

DOB : 09/01/1929 (91)
Age at the time of disappearance: 78 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0 - 6'2, 180 - 190 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Gray hair, green eyes. Johnson wears prescription eyeglasses.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Johnson was last known to be living in the 12100 block of northwest 22nd Avenue in Miami, Florida sometime in 2008. Due to health problems he had, his friend William Merritt had moved in to be his caregiver. In 2009, the pair's last known residence was destroyed by fire sometime that year. There was no sign of either man and they have not been heard from since.
A photo of Merritt, is posted with this case summary. He is not listed as a missing person and little is known about him, but Johnson is an Army veteran and Merritt may be also. The circumstances of the men's disappearances are unclear.
Johnson frequented the North Miami Beach, Florida area at the time of his disappearance. He was born in New Jersey and had also lived in Alabama.

Other information and links : ncy

Miami-Dade Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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