Jerry Lee Armstrong

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Above Images: Jerry, circa 1977

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 23, 1977 from Hernando, Mississippi
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: August 1, 1960
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 145 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Jerry has a scar over his left eye.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A green suit and a yellow shirt.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jerry was last seen in Hernando, Mississippi on December 23, 1977. That day he borrowed his brother James's white two-door 1973 Pontiac LeMans and drove to his school prom at the National Guard Armory. He was a senior at Hernando High School, and a quarterback on the football team. Jerry disappeared after he took his girlfriend home. He has never been heard from again and the car he was driving was never recovered. It has red and black racing stripes on the side and the Mississippi license plate number DAY 485. A photo of the vehicle is posted below this case summary.

    One theory is that Jerry was targeted by the local Ku Klux Klan in a case of mistaken identity. His brother James was dating a Caucasian woman, which could have made the Klan angry at him. It's possible that Klan members attacked and murdered Jerry, believing he was James. James died of a gunshot wound to the chest in 1984. His death was ruled a suicide, but his mother and his other brother, Johnny, doubted that explanation. Johnny criticized the police, saying they failed to thoroughly investigate Jerry's disappearance in 1977. The current investigating officer said valuable documents were missing from Jerry's police file.

    Authorities stated they hadn't ruled out anything in Jerry's disappearance, but they described him as an ordinary teenager who had no enemies and no reason for anyone to want to hurt him. He had a job at a gas station in 1977, and had a steady girlfriend. Jerry's mother died in 1987, but Johnny is still alive and hopes for answers in Jerry's disappearance. His case remains unsolved.

    Car
    Above: 1973 Pontiac LeMans

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Mississippi Bureau of Investigation
    662-934-3029

    OR
    DeSoto County Sheriff's Department
    662-429-1470

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    Source Information
    MyFox Memphis
    The DeSoto Times Tribune
    NamUs
    The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
    Federal Bureau of Investigation

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 2, 2014; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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