This week’s Flashback Friday is Wayne W. Hickman, a 27-year-old who vanished from Missoula, Montana on October 1, 1985, only four days before this writer was born. I don’t have much on him: he was going to hitchhike from Missoula to Superior, a tiny town with a current population of 830 souls, to look at a pickup truck he was thinking of buying. The distance was around 55 miles. It’s unclear whether Hickman ever arrived in Superior, but he apparently never made it back home to Missoula.
Although actual details of his disappearance are lacking, there is a pretty thorough description of his clothing, down to brands and sizes. Hickman also had one unusual feature: he was apparently “pigeon-toed.” That is, his feet turned inward. There are several types of deformity that cause that; I don’t know which kind he had. But that kind of thing could be crucial in identifying Hickman’s remains, if he is in fact dead. NamUs says there are footprints available on record.
If he’s still alive, Wayne Hickman would be 55 years old today. From the meager details in the circumstances of his disappearance, I can’t venture a guess as to whether he met with foul play, had some kind of mishap on the road, or simply walked out of his life.
Did Wayne leave behind a wife? Parents? Children? If anybody who finds this entry knew him or any more details about his disappearance, I’d love if they post in the comments section below.