Flashback Friday: Wayne Hickman

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.

7 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Wayne Hickman

  1. Princess Shantae April 25, 2014 / 6:26 am

    A million and one bad things can happne to a hitchhiker, male or female. Also quite a few bad things can happen to ppl that pick up hitchers.
    Off topic: have you ever heard of Jason McMann? His sister Sara is a famous wrestler. He disappeared in NY some years back and it’s believed he was baten to death. Ever thought of including him? I’m sorry I don’t have any more info at the moment.

  2. NH April 25, 2014 / 8:50 am

    Just as a note. Being pidgin toed can be muscular as my eldest has that. So it might not be apparent on skelatal remains in that case.

  3. Angie April 25, 2014 / 10:13 am

    If there’s one thing I’ve learned from reading about MP and UID cases, it’s: never, ever hitchhike. If you’re not getting murdered, you’re getting in a car accident with no ID.

    Speaking of hitchhikers, there’s supposed to be an article on Grateful Doe/Jason Doe coming out today in the Huffington Post. I’ve been following that case for a while and I actually first came up with the idea to ask the Huffington Post to do a profile because of their excellent coverage of cold case MP cases/murders, so I am really excited for the article. I hope the right people come across it so Jason can finally go home…it’s been almost 19 years. Anyway I’ll post the article on here whenever they put it up.

    • Meaghan April 25, 2014 / 4:28 pm

      I’ve never hitchhiked exactly, but have accepted rides from strangers. Once it was raining so hard I had to literally wring out my clothes when I got into the person’s car. The other time I had a high fever, and had walked to the pharmacy for prescription medication for my illness, and it wasn’t until I was halfway home (a mile’s walk) that I realized they had given me the wrong stuff. When I went back to the pharmacy to get the right meds, I was very upset, and it was such a hot day, 100-ish degrees and humid, and I was so weak from my fever that I didn’t know if I could have gotten home under my own power. A person offered me a ride and I took it.

      About two months ago I offered a ride home to a woman at the library. It was cold and raining and she was like 85 years old.

      I’ve never had any problems, but I know it’s always risky, and this is not something I’d recommend to anyone else.

  4. jlo27916 April 25, 2014 / 1:29 pm

    Princess Shantae- He wouldn’t be a candidate for this site as his body was found…

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