John Clifton Ballenger

Above: Ballenger, circa 1977


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 26, 1977 from Satellite Beach, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 26, 1957
  • Age: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10 - 5'11, 130 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, green eyes. Ballenger's nickname is Cliff.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light blue pullover shirt, dark blue pants and beige suede shoes.
  • Endangered Missing: Ballenger has a history of alcohol and drug abuse.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ballenger was last seen in Satellite Beach, Florida on June 26, 1977, his twentieth birthday. That night he went on a double date to watch Star Wars. During the movie, Ballenger excused himself to go to the bathroom. He never came back and has never been heard from again. He was carrying about $15 in cash at the time of his disappearance.

    At the time of his disappearance, Ballenger was dealing with some personal problems: he was unemployed and abusing alcohol and drugs. He had run away from home once when he was sixteen, but was located after three weeks. Although police stated there's no evidence he was abducted and they think he may have chosen to walk out of his life, foul play is a possibility in his case as well. Two close male friends of Ballenger's were badly beaten shortly before he disappeared; they lived near his home and may have been involved in the local drug trade. It's unclear whether the assault had anything to do with his disappearance, which remains unsolved.

    Ballenger is a graduate of Satellite Beach High School. He was declared legally dead twelve years after his disappearance.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Brevard County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The Orlando Sentinel
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 26, 2017; casefile added.

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