MI MI - Kelly Jean Harris, 13, Jackson, 10 Aug 1984

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  1. Gardener1850

    Gardener1850 Timeline Guru (Still Remembering Cupcake)

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    [h=1]Kelly Jean Harris[/h]
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    Kelly, circa 1984; Age-progression at age 42 (circa 2013); Leonard Hugall, circa 2010

    • Missing Since 08/10/1984
    • Missing From Jackson, Michigan
    • Classification Endangered Missing
    • Date of Birth 04/29/1971 (46)
    • Age 13 years old
    • Height and Weight 5'5, 100 pounds
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description A pink, orange and gray shirt and black striped shorts.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics Biracial (African-American/Caucasian) female. Black hair, brown eyes. Kelly has a gap between her upper front teeth. She occasionally wears eyeglasses.

    [h=3]Details of Disappearance[/h] Kelly was last seen riding her red three-speed bicycle near her family's home in the 100 block of Lincoln Court in Jackson, Michigan on the morning of August 10, 1984. She was reported missing by her family when she failed to return home later in the evening. Her bicycle was located later that same day at the entrance to Ella Sharp Park, some distance from Kelly's home.

    Her family learned that Kelly had purchased a bus ticket to Detroit, Michigan and was observed boarding a bus to that location at the local station. She has never been heard from again.

    On the day of her disappearance, Kelly was upset because she had not been able to attend the county fair. Initially her case was classified as a runaway, but foul play is now suspected in her disappearance.

    Kelly lived with her father in Pasadena, Maryland until 1984, when she moved to Michigan to spend the summer with her mother. She planned to move in with a great-aunt in California afterwards.

    Leonard Victor Hugall, who was Kelly's stepfather in 1984, was the prime suspect in her case from the time police first began investigating the child's disappearance as a crime. He and Kelly's mother divorced in 1994. He has a history of violent behavior and child molestation dating back to before he met Kelly.

    Hugall, who describes himself as "evil," was convicted of burglary, theft and sexual battery in Florida in 1993. Kelly's mother stated her daughter's relationship with Hugall was "strained" in 1984 and that she believed he had murdered the the child.

    Hugall initially told investigators he thought Kelly had run away from home. For over twenty years he refused to cooperate with authorities in her case or to take a polygraph test. In 2006, however, Hugall confessed to Kelly's rape and murder. Investigators found blood evidence to back up his statement.

    Hugall will not be charged in connection with her presumed death until his scheduled release from prison in approximately 2033, by which time he will be over 90 years old. A photo of Hugall is posted with this case summary.

    Authorities stated they would attempt to locate Kelly's remains, based on information provided by Hugall. He says he buried her in a shallow grave. Investigators said it is unlikely that anything can be recovered after so long a time, however. Unless Kelly was buried deeply, her body would probably have been disinterred and destroyed by animals.

    Some agencies may list August 14, 1984 as the date of Kelly's disappearance. It remains classified as a non-family abduction.


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  2. Moonwalker9

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    It would appear that in 2007 Hugall said that he would lead investigators to her body. But for some reason, that never happened.

    Killer agrees to lead police to body
    By MABEL PEREZ / Ocala Star-Banner
    Oct 9, 2007

    LOWELL - A man serving 50 years in prison for a 1993 Alachua County rape and burglary has agreed to go to Michigan to help police locate the body of his 13-year-old stepdaughter, Kelly Harris, who has been missing since 1984.

    Leonard Hugall, 56, is an inmate at Marion Correctional Institution in Lowell. In 2006, he confessed to the rape and murder of Kelly. It was not clear Monday what led to the confession. Lead investigators in Michigan were not available for comment.

    Kelly was last seen at her home in Jackson County, Mich., on Aug. 10, 1984. When her mother returned from work, Kelly was gone. Her bicycle was found a few miles from her home, according to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

    On Oct. 1, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed an executive agreement with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to have Hugall transported to Michigan State Police custody for three days.

    A court hearing Monday in front of Marion County 5th Circuit Judge David B. Eddy moved the case forward.

    Hugall agreed to be transported to Michigan to help state police locate Kelly’s body. He will then return to Florida to complete his sentence. His scheduled release date is Sept. 3, 2035.

    If Hugall lives long enough to be released in Florida, he will be taken to Michigan to be tried for the murder of Kelly, according to a release from Michigan prosecutor Henry C. Zavislak.

    Undersheriff Thomas Finco, with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, said they are aware of the area in which Hugall said Kelly was buried, but have not been able to locate the body.

    The area is heavily wooded and is a “frequent area for parkers to park,” Finco said.

    Jackson County is located 78 miles west of Detroit and 35 miles south of Lansing, Mich.

    In April 1993, Hugall raped a 40-year-old woman and her 5-year-old daughter at gunpoint in the woman’s Micanopy home. According to reports, the woman knew Hugall because he worked with her boyfriend.

    On the night of the rape, Hugall went to the home and asked to use the bathroom. He came out of the bathroom with gun in hand and used duct-tape to restrain the mother and daughter. He raped the woman four times and then forced her child to perform sex acts on him and her mother.

    Hugall fled in a stolen car and was picked up by authorities in Arizona.

    In December 1993, he pleaded guilty to burglary, four counts of sexual battery, two counts of attempted sexual battery on a child under 12 and two counts of grand theft and was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

    Leonard Hugall is in prison for rape and burglary in Alachua County.

    Killer agrees to lead police to body

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