MP of the week: Willie Johnson

Hello, all. This week’s featured missing person is Willie Lee Johnson, a 26-year-old African-American man who disappeared from Akron, Ohio on January 20, 1978. He went out that night to the Tropicana Lounge on north Howard Street (which now appears to be derelict) and never returned. His car was later found abandoned with his things inside.

Unfortunately that’s basically all I know about Willie’s disappearance. I can’t find anything about him in the newspaper archives, and having a name like “Willie Johnson” does not help matters. But I’m sure he still has family who miss him and wonder what became of him.

I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy and washing their hands.

2 thoughts on “MP of the week: Willie Johnson

  1. Patrick Kerrigan May 20, 2020 / 7:15 pm

    I was going to comment on the lack of details on his case. But, he disappeared in 1978, he was an adult, and it okay to disappear at the time, even if his car was found abandoned. At least the Akron Policr did a report.

    I remember a young boy who was lured away in Omaha. Nebraska. The police never did a report.So, the family hired a private investigator. He tracked the mid to Idaho, where the FBI and the l ok cal sheriff’s police recovered the boy.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan May 20, 2020 / 7:15 pm

    I was going to comment on the lack of details on his case. But, he disappeared in 1978, he was an adult, and it okay to disappear at the time, even if his car was found abandoned. At least the Akron Policr did a report.

    I remember a young boy who was lured away in Omaha. Nebraska. The police never did a report.So, the family hired a private investigator. He tracked the mid to Idaho, where the FBI and the l ok cal sheriff’s police recovered the boy.

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