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COLD CASE: 45 years old and now re-opened

Searching for answers, his family says the last known sighting of 25 year old Buddy was New Year's day 1969 in Starkville.  Source: WLBT Searching for answers, his family says the last known sighting of 25 year old Buddy was New Year's day 1969 in Starkville. Source: WLBT
This intriguing case was recently re-opened for investigation in 2010.  Source: WLBT This intriguing case was recently re-opened for investigation in 2010. Source: WLBT
The book "Mississippi Whispers" reveals him as a cavalier charmer working at Kroger in Jackson in 1969.  Source: WLBT The book "Mississippi Whispers" reveals him as a cavalier charmer working at Kroger in Jackson in 1969. Source: WLBT
Alexis Heflin  Source: WLBT Alexis Heflin Source: WLBT
Valerie Leary  Source: WLBT Valerie Leary Source: WLBT
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

High profile cold case crimes include those surrounding the disappearance of many Mississippians. Still unsolved or individuals who vanished include, Shondra May, Annie Laurie Herrin, furniture heiress Jacqueline Levitz, and most recently the strange disappearance of little Myra Lewis.

We dug deeper into another mysterious disappearance. What happened to Buddy Heflin? We found there is new evidence in this 45 year old case. 

Some say Buddy Heflin was mixed up with the underworld, the Dixie mafia, and was caught up in a vicious circle of crime. His ex-wife, Alexis Heflin, drove to WLBT from Huntsville, Alabama.

"He moved here and he got involved with some people that were involved in criminal activities and I believe he tried to get out," said Alexis Heflin.

The book "Mississippi Whispers" reveals him as a cavalier charmer working at Kroger in Jackson in 1969.

I went to the sight of the old Baker Motel next to Medgar Evers Boulevard. It was reportedly a haven for criminal activity, and it was the last place Buddy Heflin was known to be living.

Valerie Leary also lives in Huntsville and wrote the book for her aunt.

"Enforcement agencies stated this motel was known to be connected to the underworld," said Valerie.

Searching for answers, his family says the last known sighting of 25 year old Buddy was New Year's day 1969 in Starkville. That was the last time anyone heard from Buddy.

Valerie was asked, "He was murdered you believe?" Her reply, "Yes."

His former wife, refuses to let the case die.

The 45 year old cold case is fraught with inconsistencies according to the spokesman for the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations.

"There is no documentation to support the bullet holes or bullet riddles, blood stain," said Warren Strain.

This intriguing case was recently re-opened for investigation in 2010.

"It is an active case," added Strain. "We better not get into that the details of it because again it is an on-going situation," added Strain.

Was John Lloyd "Buddy" Heflin going to rat out the bad guys? Did they kill him and throw his body in the Mississippi river as claimed?

"Before he knew it he was involved in something way over his head and the only way out was to continue doing what they told you or they killed you and I think they killed him," said Valerie.

Or did the frightened young man assume another identity and deliberately disappear? Was his body ever found?

The family does not believe he is alive. It's a case wrapped in whispers, rumors and unconfirmed suspicions.

His longtime friend in the early 60's, Oktibbeha County Sheriff Dolph Bryan wrote a 2008 letter telling the story of what happened to Buddy.

The last line, "Buddy Heflin is dead."

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