Select It Sunday: Johnny Lee Mills

After a month’s silence, another Select It Sunday, as selected by Princess Shantae: Johnny Lee Mills.

This is a pretty peculiar case, out of a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, of someone who’s both an MP and a John Doe. The cops picked “Johnny” up in August 1990. They assumed he was a runaway and placed him in a shelter while they tried to figure out what to do with him. He told him he was thirteen. On September 21, he ran from the shelter and was never seen again. All the information he provided — name, date of birth, etc. — turned out to be false. The only trace we have of the real Johnny is two black-and-white photographs of a sullen-looking kid with his hair hanging in his face.

The police closed Johnny’s case in 2003. I can’t say I blame them; they’ve got nothing to go on. Johnny may be lying dead in a potter’s field somewhere, perhaps the victim of a local serial killer who preyed on young male prostitutes. Or he may have gone back to his family, grown up, and is now a soldier or a corporate lawyer or whatever with kids of his own. I doubt this case will ever be solved.

6 thoughts on “Select It Sunday: Johnny Lee Mills

  1. Jose November 3, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    Is there more cases like this who you can think of? and who was the serial killer, Jeffrey Hammer?

    • Jose November 3, 2013 / 8:03 pm


  2. Princess Shantae November 3, 2013 / 10:54 pm

    Jeffrey Dahmer was in Milwaukee at the time, I don’t think he ever made it down to Missouri.

  3. kelly November 5, 2013 / 12:11 am

    Johnny Lee Mills bears a striking resemblance to the edm dj Skrillex. Am I the only one who sees it?

    • Becca November 5, 2013 / 11:19 am

      No, you aren’t, but I believe that dj was born in 1989. Funny coindence, though.

  4. Melissa November 8, 2013 / 11:08 pm

    I’m not sure if you’ve seen this, but there is a different AP for “Johnny” at Doe Network.

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