Flashback Friday: Robert Meredith

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Robert Allen Meredith, who disappeared from Evansville, Indiana sometime in 1979 — just when, I don’t know. Meredith’s wife claims she asked him to leave and he did, but he kept in touch with her by phone and letter after that. Apparently no one else ever heard from him or saw any of those letters, though. His wife got a divorce but never reported him missing, and the police didn’t begin investigating until 28 years later.

I don’t know much about this case; it seems like Meredith could be anywhere and anything, or nothing, could have happened to him.

10 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Robert Meredith

  1. M86 January 16, 2015 / 2:17 am

    That’s a bizarre case.

    But with all of those ex-wives, maybe he was a drifter-type of person. There’s not even a birth date for him.

    I think with a bit more digging, he could be located… If he was still alive.

  2. M86 January 16, 2015 / 2:19 am

    Digging, as in LE, not you, Meaghan! 🙂

  3. Margie January 16, 2015 / 5:53 am

    Wonder what prompted LE to begin an investigation in 2007. Wonder who his loved ones are. Intriguing. So little info. My birth father spread his seed around like a farmer. He had six kids from three women. Found out I had a half-sister just a few years ago. Secrets and Lies. Horrible.

  4. Bill Baraby January 16, 2015 / 8:34 am

    This guy looks very much like “One Eyed Jack”, An unidentified John Doe that was found in Alaska in late 1979. He hitchhiked there with a companion and was then murdered by him. They jaw bone was missing. Interesting.

  5. Mion January 16, 2015 / 8:40 am

    – He disappeared after an argument with his wife
    – His wife never reported him missing
    – She apparently never produced any evidence of these phone calls or letters
    – She’s the only one who claims to have had contact with him after he disappeared
    – No hard evidence of his existence since his disappearance in 1979

    That does not sound good. How is foul play NOT suspected in his case?

    • Meaghan January 16, 2015 / 8:45 am

      The same thoughts had occurred to me also, I must admit.

    • CaptK January 16, 2015 / 8:55 am

      Agreed – it’s probably why LE got involved, although after so long I would doubt there’s much evidence, unless they somehow find a body

    • Becky January 16, 2015 / 12:04 pm

      My thoughts exactly, Mion. Also, not that it’s true in this case, but my observation is that adults who are later located are often found deceased (vs. children who’ve run away and are more often found safe.) My theory is that children run away because they want to live under their own rules, not their parents’. But adults are already in charge of their own lives, so ‘walking out on their lives’ is rare. In this case for example, you can see Robert seemed to have no trouble in divorcing and remarrying if he wanted to start fresh with a new life.

      • Meaghan January 21, 2015 / 8:53 am

        That’s a good way of putting it, Becky.

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