Details of Disappearance Owens was last seen in Nashville, Tennessee on July 22, 1985. He was supposed to pick up his wife at the bus station, when she returned from a trip to Ohio. He never arrived there. When his wife got home, Owens was missing and so was his car.
After Owens was reported missing, a local television station aired a bulletin on his disappearance. Several people from other parts of Tennessee recognized his picture. He was sighted 80 miles away from Nashville, along Route 13, three hours after he was supposed to pick up his wife. He stopped at a service station in Santa Fe, Tennessee to have a flat tire repaired and to ask for directions to Nolensville, Tennessee.
The station employee misunderstood and directed Owens to Lobelville, Tennessee, which was in the opposite direction. That afternoon, Owens was seen at a convenience store in Lobelville. He bought ice cream and cigars there. He seemed disoriented at the time and told the store clerk he could not find his wife.
Owens has never been heard from again. Six days after his disappearance, his car was found on a remote hilltop more than a hundred miles from his home. The keys were in the ignition and the back door was open. Owens's cane was propped against the car and his jacket and a pile of wood were inside. There was no indication of his whereabouts and no signs of a struggle or foul play. His wife stated it would be uncharacteristic of him to abandon his car and that he never walked long distances without taking his cane.
Owens had been an associate minister of the New Hope Baptist Church in Nashville for over twenty years prior to his disappearance. He always attended Sunday services. Owens's wife died in 1989. His case remains unsolved.
- Perry County Sheriffs Department
Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated December 30, 2014; age added, details of disappearance updated.