More than 40 years after John Lloyd Heflin disappeared, Mississippi Bureau of Investigation officials confirm they are trying to find out what happened.
According to The Clarion Ledger, Heflin was last seen by a family member on New Years in 1969. His wife Alexis learned from one of his family members that he was missing. She'd last seen her husband a year before. After only six years of marriage, Alexis moved away from Oktibbeha County to be with their two sons in Chicago. "He wasn't a bad person, he was just 23 years old and got mixed up with some bad people," Alexis speculated. Alexis Heflin is now writing a book about her husband's disappearance. The Clarion-Ledger learned of the case after Heflin's relatives contacted the newspaper.
As reported by Theresa Apel of the Clarion Ledger, Gail Wofford, a life long friend of Buddy Heflin's has long believed his disappearance is connected with something illegal involving a couple in Long-view. She recalls one day he came into the coffee shop where she worked and asked for a ride to Long-view to settle a disagreement. Once they got there, she could hear Heflin and a man in the back bedroom, the other man seemed angry and Heflin seemed to be pleading.
Again reports from The Clarion Ledger states that Buddy Heflin left the house crying and told her he didn't want to involve her because it would endanger her life, Gail Wofford said. "He said he couldn't tell me everything because if he did, my life wouldn't be worth a plug nickle, not worth any more than his," she said. He then told Wofford that he'd agreed to do a one time deal that paid a lot of money for the couple and it didn't go down like it was supposed to, and he saw something he wasn't supposed to have seen.
Wofford and her father both told Heflin to go to the police but he said the couple had told him if he went to the authorities, they'd kill his family.