Danny Randall Jackson
Missing since August 25, 1989 from Gainesville, Alachua County, Florida.
Classification: Non Family Abduction
Vital Statistics Date Of Birth: August 10, 1977
Age at Time of Disappearance: 12 years old
Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 4'0; 45 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown / sandy blond straight hair; blue eyes. He has a fair complexion with a few freckles. He has a thin build.
Clothing: A yellow Jam shirt with black triangles, white shorts, and white tennis shoes with black trim.
Circumstances of Disappearance
Jackson disappeared from Gainesville, Florida on August 25, 1989. Witnesses claim to have seen him outside a home just two houses down from his own at approximately 8:30 p.m. on the evening.
The last certain sight of Randy was by his brother Brian and a friend, who were in the neighbor's house. Randy was in the man's car listening to the radio, and the man was outside watching Randy. The neighbor came in and announced he was going to bed. Brian and J.J. went outside and didn't see Randy, but they did notice the screen to the man's bedroom window was off.
The family believed Randy was spending the night at a friend's home. When he didn't come home the following day, a search of the neighborhood began. Then, the police were called.
The neighbor became a suspect. Not only had Randy disappeared from his house, but the man had a criminal history that included a conviction in Ohio for fondling a boy in a restroom. Police later learned he often gave older boys beer and marijuana, but he would not let Randy inside the house because Randy would tattle about the drugs. The man was interviewed and his house searched, but no signs of Randy were found. Police thoroughly searched the area for any clue or bit of evidence and found none.
The neighbor was under considerable police scrutiny. He was later charged with two crimes in separate cases unrelated to Randy's disappearance. They resulted in a conviction of lewd and lascivious act on another child, but he was acquitted of allegations that he sexually assaulted yet another youngster. He was released from prison in 1999.
Tthe man has not been eliminated as a suspect, but other suspects have not been ruled out either.
Jackson may have been spotted some time later in a vehicle with two unidentified Caucasian males.
The first male is described as being approximately 20 - 22 years old at the time with a medium build. He had brown hair, which was pulled back into a ponytail.
The second male is described as being approximately 18 - 20 years old, 5'8 and 150 pounds. He had brown hair and a moustache. They were driving a 1978 or 1979 brown four-door Chevrolet Impala with possible damage to the right front panel. The car was never recovered by police.
Jackson liked skateboarding, dancing and fishing. He was mischievous, funny and probably had ADHD (hyperactivity). He lived at 3510 NE 11th Terrace with three older brothers and a little sister. He attended Rawlings Elementary School.
If you have any information concerning Jackson's whereabouts, please contact:
Gainesville Police Department
Sgt. Larry Seale
All information may be submitted anonymously.
Agency Case Number: 89-16454
NCIC Number: M-385310036
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case. Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
America's Most Wanted
The Gainesville Sun