Real Name: Kyle Wade Clinkscales
Nicknames: No known nicknames
Location: LaGrange, Georgia
Date: January 27, 1976
Date of Birth: October 2, 1953
Weight: 155 pounds
Marital Status: Single
Characteristics: Caucasian male with Brown hair and hazel eyes. Kyle has previously fractured his right ring finger and chipped his ulna in his left arm.
Details: At around 11pm on the night of Tuesday, January 27, 1976, twenty-two-year-old Kyle Clinkscales left the Moose Club, a bar that he worked at in his hometown of LaGrange, Georgia. He planned to make the thirty-five-mile drive to Auburn University in Alabama, where he was a junior. However, he never arrived; neither he nor his car have ever been found. His car was a white two-door 1974 Ford Pinto Runabout with the Georgia license plate number CEF-717 and the VIN number 4T11Y207954.
Kyle's parents did not realize he was missing until the following Sunday, when he did not call them as usual. They went to his apartment in Auburn and learned from his roommate that he had not been there since Tuesday. They reported him missing to police in Auburn and LaGrange. At first, it was believed that he left on his own accord; he was not doing well at college and had previously dropped out of another school. However, as time passed and no one heard from him, the police and his family began to suspect that he met with foul play.
In 1981, a man calling himself "Danny Moore" came forward, believing that he was Kyle. He claimed to have had amnesia after getting in a car accident in 1976. When he wrote a letter to Kyle's parents, they believed it matched his handwriting. However, dental records determined that he was not Kyle.
On May 27, 1987, a man walking his dogs along Flat Shoal Creek, south of LaGragne, found Kyle's Exxon credit card. It was still in "excellent" condition. It expired in 1973, three years before he vanished. However, no new evidence came up from the discovery. His parents noted that his wallet had been stolen in 1973, so it is possible that it came from there.
Suspects: None known
- This case first aired as a part of a missing persons special alert on the October 25, 1989 episode.
- It was excluded from the FilmRise release of the Robert Stack episodes.
- Kyle's father wrote a book about his disappearance, titled "Kyle's Story: Friday Never Came". He also established a non-profit missing persons organization, "Find Me Inc."
Results: Solved. In 1996, authorities received a tip that Kyle was murdered and then dumped in a hole behind a local home. However, a search of the property turned up no evidence. In 2005, a thirty-five-year-old man contacted Kyle's parents and told them that when he was seven, he witnessed the disposal of Kyle's body. He claimed that Kyle's killer was a man named Ray Hyde, who died in 2001. He said that Kyle's body had been covered with concrete, stuffed in a barrel, and dumped in a private pond. He also claimed that his grandfather had helped dispose of the barrel and that Hyde had threatened them both. The tipster's information led to the arrest of sixty-three-year-old Jimmy Earl Jones in April and Jeanne Pawlak Johnson in June.
Jones was charged with concealing a death, hindering a criminal's arrest and two counts of making false statements. Johnson was also charged with concealing a death, false statements, and obstructing justice. Witnesses placed her at Hyde's home that night, but she denied being there. Investigators learned that Hyde was a member of the Moose Club, where Kyle worked. They believed that they met through it. They also believed that Kyle was killed because of his knowledge of Hyde's criminal activities.
Jones later told police that on the night Kyle vanished, he arrived at Hyde's home and discovered Kyle's body; he had been shot to death. He then helped Hyde drag it into his shop. Before Hyde died, he told Jones that after placing it in the pond, he went back, recovered it, and took it to an unknown location. However, Jones later made other statements to police that contradicted this one. He later pleaded guilty to making false statements and was sentenced to nine years in prison. He was released after serving seven years. It is not known if Johnson was ever tried for the charges against her.
On December 7, 2021, a witness called the police and reported seeing a car submerged in a creek in Cusseta, Alabama. Later that day, the car was removed from the creek. It was identified as Kyle's car through its license plate and VIN number. Inside, they found his wallet and credit cards, along with human remains. Although it has not been confirmed, it is believed that the remains are his. It is not known if his death was accidental or the result of foul play.
Sadly, Kyle's father John passed away in 2007 at the age of eighty-two and his mother Louise passed away in January 2021 before his case was solved.
- Kyle Clinkscales on The Charley Project
- Kyle Clinkscales on the Doe Network
- Kyle Clinkscales on the NCMEC
- Kyle Clinkscales on California Department of Justice Website
- Clinkscales Family Has Never Given Up Hope - March 7, 1978
- Annual 'Campvention' Begins Friday at Elbert - July 6, 1978
- Amnesia victim not missing Georgian - June 2, 1981
- Amnesia victim is not Kyle Clinkscales - June 2, 1981
- Couple learn amnesiac isn't long-lost son - June 3, 1981
- Clue turns up in 1976 disappearance of Auburn student - June 14, 1987
- Son they can't forget - February 18, 1996
- Man arrested in 1976 missing student case - April 13, 2005
- Arrest Made in 29-Year-Old Clinkscales Case - April 14, 2005
- Authorities Make Second Arrest In Clinkscales Case - June 28, 2005
- Murder victim's mother pleads for missing son - December 2, 2010
- Police confirm car, bones found in LaFayette 45 years later as missing Auburn University student - December 8, 2021
- 45 years after college student from Georgia vanished, car with remains found in Alabama creek - December 8, 2021
- Missing Auburn student's car found, but 1976 mystery remains - December 10, 2021
- Websleuths Discussion Forum
- Kyle Clinkscales on Find a Grave