Leigh Hobart Abel Jr. RESOLVED Abel, circa 2001 Missing Since 12/20/2001 Missing From New Smyrna Beach, Florida Classification Endangered Missing Sex Male Race White Age 78 years old Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Details of Disappearance Abel disappeared from New Smyrna Beach, Florida on December 20, 2001. In 2012, his skeletal remains were found in southwestern St. Johns County, Florida. Authorities believe he was the victim of a homicide. Investigating Agency - Source Information News4Jax . .