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    Question MO- Maryland Heights/St. Louis - LIVING runaway, "Johnny Lee Mills", 13, 21 Sept 1990

    Johnny Lee Mills
    Missing since September 21, 1990 from Maryland Heights, Saint Louis County, Missouri.
    Classification: Endangered Runaway



    Vital Statistics Date Of Birth: October 17, 1976
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 13 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'5; 108 pounds
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    Marks, Scars: A 4 inch scar on his breastbone and a 1 inch scar on the left side of his chest.
    AKA: Steve Johnson; Randy Smith
    <LI>Dentals: He has gaps between his teeth.



    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Mills was taken into police custody after they suspected him of being a runaway. He was initally placed in Youth Emergency Services in St. Louis, Missouri.
    Mills was tranferred to a children's shelter on September 21, 1990 in Maryland Heights, Missouri. He ran away from the shelter before his identity was confirmed. All the information he did provide proved false. His true identity is unknown.
    There was in the area at the time, a serial killer who focused on young male prostitutes and Mills may have been one. There were also several unidentified victims of this serial killer, and two of them fit the descriptors for Mills. There are no means to test because no relative has ever been located and there was not enough information for an exclusionary identification.



    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning Mills' whereabouts, please contact:
    Maryland Heights Police Department
    Det. Joe Bova Conti
    314-298-8700
    All information may be submitted anonymously. Source Information:
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children


    ^^^ NCMEC link doesn't work because there is no information about JLM on that site^^^

    Here is another link w/ information about him: http://www.find-missing-children.org.../poster359.htm

    Doe Network link: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/111dmmo.html
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    The John Does on Doe Network for Missouri do not fit the description of him or the case.

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    Here's what confuses me the most: "He ran away from the shelter before his identity was confirmed. All the information he did provide proved false. His true identity is unknown."

    So in other words- he's somewhat unidentified

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    "Johnny Mills" is a case that's always in the back of my mind. A 13-year-old no one reported missing???? Not all that unusual, as we sadly know, but I have a special place in my heart for sullen, angry kids. A part of me hopes he wasn't reported missing because he was an habitual runaway and he finally went home, but the rest of me wonders...

    I have never been able to find any info on a serial killer who preyed on male prostitutes or runaways during the 1990s in Missouri. I was also unable to find any unidentified remains from that time that fit the profile. It's a slim chance, but I now wonder if Michael Devlin may be connected to this disappearance. I'm glad to see that other people have posted on WS and other boards wondering the same thing. I've always hated the thought that "Johnny" hasn't gotten more attention because he was a "throw away" child.

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    Johnny Mills has been missing almost 20 years. Come home soon.

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    This case has always left me wondering what happened to "Johnny". I really hope he turned out ok, but the other part of me is afraid he met an end not uncommon for runaways back then.
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    I stumbled upon this case and I can't get it out of my head. I just can't believe that nobody has identified this kid. I'd like to know more from the police and workers at the shelter. Any comments or interviews or news articles from that time?

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    I know its a long shot but what about;

    Michael Lloyd Johnson
    Missing since November 1974, from Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.
    Classification: Non Family Abduction

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: January 27, 1974
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 10 months old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance (approximation): 2'5" (74 cm); 22 lbs (10 kg)
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    DNA: Available

    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Michael Lloyd Johnson disappeared together with his mother, Freda Denman and sister Sheri Lynn Johnson. Their father has not been seen either since that time. The family went missing in November 1974, but the landlord did not report them missing until March 1975.

    The police found Freda's clothes in the closet; while her husband's and children's clothes were missing. Blood was found on a cushion in the home, but the tests were inconclusive.

    Denman's husband Henry Lee Harbison aka Henry Johnson has an extensive criminal background and uses several aliases. Henry had affiliations with members of the "Church of the New Song" who claim the family was murdered.

    The Denman family believes that Freda was killed and the children were given away.
    The Independence police investigated it as a missing person's case. At the same time, the FBI was looking for Henry. Independence closed their case, assuming the FBI would pick up where they left off, but that didn't happen and the case remains unsolved.

    In 2004, the police reopened the investigation in the disappearances.

    Link: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/836dmmo.html

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    Age;

    MLJ was born 1974 and would have been 16 in 1990

    the UID information has never been confirmed, so the age of 13 stated above could be wrong

    "All the information he did provide proved false. His true identity is unknown."
    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/111dmmo.html

    Aliases Connection;

    UID's Aliases:
    Johnny Lee Mills, Steve Johnson, and Randy Smith

    Michael Lloyd Johnson's Fathers:
    Henry Lee Harbison, Henry Johnson

    UID's Nose;

    Attached is a picture of Michael Lloyd Johnson mother and Father, Johnson mother's nose looks very similar to the UID's nose.

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    About 20 minutes from where the Johnson Family went missing, a body of a young brown hair female was found in Jackson County in 1981, the age is not known but its guessed between 4 - 15 and the year of death is not known either.

    https://identifyus.org/cases/5310

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    Not to far from both sites in Jackson county, the body of a woman with dark hair in 1983. Dental: Full set of dentures that were not recovered.

    Freda Loretta Denman (Johnson's Mother)
    Missing since November of 1974 from Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.
    Classification: Missing

    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: November 7, 1947
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 27 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'7"; 130 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Brown hair; brown eyes. Slim build.
    Dentals: Denman has a dental plate.

    https://identifyus.org/cases/5298
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    Kinda does look like him!

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    Wow, Deeds, that's terrific work! Looks like it should be in the realm of possibilities. I really wish local LE would solve this mystery, and determine who was responsible for this young man. I would think it wouldn't have been that hard with a little effort. Somebody out there must recognize him. It really doesn't make much sense to me.
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    I was just wondering...should this thread be moved to the unidentified discussions?

    "Circumstances of Disappearance
    Mills was taken into police custody after they suspected him of being a runaway. He was initially placed in Youth Emergency Services in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Mills was transferred to a children's shelter on September 21, 1990 in Maryland Heights, Missouri. He ran away from the shelter before his identity was confirmed. All the information he did provide proved false. His true identity is unknown.

    There was in the area at the time, a serial killer who focused on young male prostitutes and Mills may have been one. There were also several unidentified victims of this serial killer, and two of them fit the descriptors for Mills. There are no means to test because no relative has ever been located and there was not enough information for an exclusionary identification. "

    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/111dmmo.html

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    I agree, I think the unidentified forum would be appropriate here. Perhaps some newcomer from MO would recognize him. Also, where did that serial killer theory come from? I've tried to search but have found no info about any serial killer at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstrbill View Post
    I agree, I think the unidentified forum would be appropriate here. Perhaps some newcomer from MO would recognize him. Also, where did that serial killer theory come from? I've tried to search but have found no info about any serial killer at the time.
    His disappearance coincided with the appearance of this serial killer, and he possibly fit the general description of the victims. I think the prostitute theory is a longshot, but it's worth a try.

    If he was a prostitute, he could have been trying to leave the sex trade and wanted to get out unnoticed. By being identified, he could have been sent back to that environment, or even worse, killed. I have a feeling someone snatched him shortly after he ran off, and probably killed him too.

    In all reality, I think he was a foster kid from a bad environment and wanted out.

    Maybe he is still alive somewhere and doing okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by outofthedark View Post
    His disappearance coincided with the appearance of this serial killer, and he possibly fit the general description of the victims. I think the prostitute theory is a longshot, but it's worth a try.

    If he was a prostitute, he could have been trying to leave the sex trade and wanted to get out unnoticed. By being identified, he could have been sent back to that environment, or even worse, killed. I have a feeling someone snatched him shortly after he ran off, and probably killed him too.

    In all reality, I think he was a foster kid from a bad environment and wanted out.

    Maybe he is still alive somewhere and doing okay.

    What serial killer? Who? Was he never caught? Who were the other victims? Are they in Doe Network? Anyone have any more info?

    If he was a foster kid from a bad environment I want someone held accountable and if he is alive today that would be great news but I'd like some closure here. The case just haunts me, and I'd like to know what efforts were put in by local LE.

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    Moving this thread over to the Unidentified forum. We can't "find" someone if we don't know who they are! Trying to match him with missing persons reports might be a good start! Who is "Johnny"???
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    Michael Lloyd Johnson and Johnny Lee Mills have the same initials, only in different order.

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    I think the Michael Devlin angle is interesting but he would have had to of started young, and he claims he only took the boys after his friends all married and he lost a couple body parts to diabetes... I think the serial killer they are talking about is Jeffrey Dahmer, its the only known killer with that victim type during the early 90s time period. The problem is that Jeffrey Dahmer doesn't have any known UID victims, but depanding on the last time Johnny Lee Mills's profile was last updated maybe Dahmer's victims hadn't been identified yet... On the plus side that mean there is a better chance Johnny Lee Mills is alive!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deeds View Post
    I think the Michael Devlin angle is interesting but he would have had to of started young, and he claims he only took the boys after his friends all married and he lost a couple body parts to diabetes... I think the serial killer they are talking about is Jeffrey Dahmer, its the only known killer with that victim type during the early 90s time period. The problem is that Jeffrey Dahmer doesn't have any known UID victims, but depanding on the last time Johnny Lee Mills's profile was last updated maybe Dahmer's victims hadn't been identified yet... On the plus side that mean there is a better chance Johnny Lee Mills is alive!!

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    Jeffrey Dahmer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    But I think Dahmer was in the Milwaukee area and/or northern Illinois, not St Louis. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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    Dahmer was known to travel to Ohio and possibly California and in 1990 they hadn't identified Dahmer as the serial killer yet. He was apprehended July 22, 1991. So its not out of the realm of possibilities that he would travel a short distance to MO. for a victim.

    The location of the two victims from Sept 1990 were killed about 35 mins away from St Louis, MO.

    Here are the two victims from September 1990;

    Sep 1990 - Ernest Miller
    Sep 1990 - David Thomas

    Location of murders;

    213 Oxford Apartments, North 25th street, East Saint Louis, Illinois, United States

    Also Johnny Lee Mills bolted from the children's shelter who's to say he wouldn't jump states...
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    I know this may sound a bit out there... but would Youth Emergency Services have given him a thorough physical... not just shirt off but the whole lot? Because he looks a little feminine in some ways and 13 is still young enough for a slim undeveloped girl with a short haircut to be passing as a boy. And those fake names... Steve Johnson, Randy Smith, Johnny Lee Mills... all of them are quite assertive of masculinity.

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    Dale M. Mills
    Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ocker Memorial Chapel in Van Buren for Dale M. Mills, 39, of Cedarville, whose body was found Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003. Burial will be at Macedonia Cemetery near Uniontown under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home.
    Mills was a graduate of Cedarville High School with the Class of 1981, of the Pentecostal faith and a service technician for Sears.
    Survivors include one daughter, Sailon Shay Vernessa Mills of Cedarville; three sons, Darren and Kendale Mills, both of Fort Smith, and J.M. �John Morton� Mills of Cedarville; his mother, Enda Brown Mills of Van Buren; stepfather, Truman Brown of Van Buren; five sisters, Shelba Brooks, Judy Isenhower, Jan Rofkahr, Yvonne Prescott and Della Goins, all of Van Buren; four brothers, John and Jeryl Mills of Uniontown, Danile Mills of Cedarville and David Mills of Bonanza; one half brother, Johnny Lee Mills of Sacramento, Calif.; and many nieces and nephews.
    Pallbearers will be Kevin Mills, Roger Wheless, Doug Morton, Zack Morton, Randy Tankersley and Roscoe Hill.
    The family will visit with friends at the home of Yvonne Prescott, 2300 Lexington Drive, Van Buren, and at 11 a.m. Thursday following the funeral at Butterfield Assembly of God Church, 1302 N. 30th St., Van Buren.

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    I lived here all my life am 43 and do not remember this. This kid could have left and went back to whatever state he was from be it Arkansas or California. I wonder. This could put this kid at right age. If he was about 13 in 1990 and it been 21 years, his half brother died at 39. Maryland Heights police dept. stated on a web page they either lost the body or destroyed the one that looked like Johnny lee Mills.

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    This is the closest I could come to finding a youth around that time frame. I cannot find anything on this. I am from the area and Maryland Heights was not a bad area at the time. Doesn't mean no young men selling themselves, but it was still a good area. I am gonna write an e-mail to Maryland Heights and just ask for more information. Who has other two bodies, where were they found, etc.
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    Curious where you found this information on these two other names, when I google them, they come up to Jeffery Dahmer. Am I doing this correctly? I don't think they were talking about 25th street in East Saint Louis, I think it was in Wisconsin. I am confused.

    n May 1990, he moved out of his grandmother's house for the last time and into the apartment that later became infamous: Apartment 213, 924 North 25th Street, Milwaukee. Dahmer picked up the pace of his killing: four more murders before the end of 1990, two more in February and April 1991, and another in May 1991.[29]

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    Sells, 41, lived in St. Louis in the 1990s. He is on death row in Texas for the fatal stabbing of a 13-year-old girl in 1999. He has confessed to numerous other murders, including the slaying in 1987 of a family of four in Ina, Ill., about 75 miles southeast of Lawrenceville. A grand jury in Springfield, Mo., indicted him two years ago in the slaying in 1997 of 13-year-old Stephanie Mahaney - a stabbing that took place two days after Joel was fatally stabbed in Illinois.


    Got this from a website regarding Tommy Sells. I wonder if this is true about him living here in 1990. This one is really bothering me about this boy. Hope I get some response or that maybe I am looking in wrong direction. I don't know how to postwebsite, but if anyone asks I can direct you.

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