Joshua Leon Middleton
Joshua, approximately 2005
Date reported missing : 01/21/2005
Missing location (approx) :
Mount Judea, Arkansas
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 03/16/1984 (37)
Age at the time of disappearance: 20 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 165 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white sweatshirt with the words "Mt. Judea Eagles" written in blue letters on the upper front, blue jeans and camouflAge at the time of disappearance: -print boots. Carrying a brown fold-up wallet.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Joshua's nickname is Josh.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Joshua was last seen at approximately 9:00 a.m. on January 21, 2005, riding with a male individual in a red Ford truck on Dry Creek Road just south of Mount Judea, Arkansas. He has never been heard from again.
On the same day that Joshua vanished, Charles Daniel House was found shot to death in his vehicle between Mount Judea and Hasty, Arkansas. Ricky A. Freeman has been charged with his murder and is awaiting trial.
Freeman was also convicted of manslaughter and other charges in the shooting death of Shannon Middleton, a relative of Joshua's, and was sentenced to 24 years in prison. Shannon died in December 2005. Authorities believe House's homicide and Joshua's disappearance are linked. The two men were friends and Joshua may have been a witness to the homicide.
Joshua may have traveled to Missouri or Texas after his disappearance. But, in November 2007, authorities announced he was the likely victim of a drug-related homicide. Investigators believe Joshua was murdered and his body hidden somewhere in Newton County, Arkansas. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Newton County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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The Arkansas Democrat and Gazette
October 12, 2004. November 27, 2011; picture added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.