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. Brown hair, hazel eyes.
Details: At around 11pm on the night of 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 and neither he nor his car have ever been found. His car was a white two-door 1974 Pinto Runabout with the Georgia license plate number CEF-717 and the VIN number 4T11Y207954.
At first, Kyle's family 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 they did not hear from him, they 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.
In 1987, Kyle's Exxon credit card was found in the Flat Shoal Creek area, but no new evidence came up from the discovery and he still remains missing.
Suspects: None known
Extra Notes: This case first aired as a part of a missing persons special alert on the October 25, 1989 episode.
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: Unresolved. In 2005, a thirty-five-year-old man contacted Kyle's parents with vital information about the case. He 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 believe that they met through it. They also believe 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 lake, he went back, recovered it, and took it to an unknown location. Sadly, neither it nor his car have ever been found.
Jones was sentenced to nine years in prison for his involvement in Kyle's death. He has since been released.
Sadly, Kyle's father John passed away in 2007 at the age of eighty-two and his mother Louise passed away in 2021.
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