Judson Lee Fielding

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Above: Fielding, circa 1994

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 4, 1994 from Richmond County, Georgia
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 40 years old
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Fielding was last seen leaving his children's residence at Delta Manor in Richmond County, Georgia on December 4, 1994. He left his jacket behind, although the weather at the time was cold. His four children believe he may have not intended to be gone long.

    Fielding has never been heard from again. He was living with his mother at the time of his disappearance, after having served a two-year prison term for a drug charge. He had left his mother's home on the evening of his disappearance to visit his children. Fielding was trying to lead a respectable life after a long downward spiral of drugs and prison. At the time of his disappearance, he had plans to get a truck driver's license.

    In December 2005, Leo Lamont Utley was charged with murdering Fielding and another man, Charles Joseph Winfield. Utley has also been implicated in the deaths of two others, Lonnie Moore and an unknown associate, although he was never charged in connection with those murders. Authorities believe the four victims were killed at the behest of Willie Carl Hankerson Jr. Hankerson, Fielding and Winfield, had been arrested after PCP, an illegal hallucinogenic drug, was found in their vehicle at a traffic stop. Winfield and Fielding cooperated with authorities and testified against Hankerson before the grand jury, and were scheduled to testify a second time at his trial. Fielding and Winfield disappeared before the trial; as a result, Hankerson's indictment was dimissed.

    Fielding had told his family he was afraid for his life and that someone was after him. Authorities believe Hankerson paid Utley $100,000 to kill Fielding and Winfield so they could not testify against him. Winfield, Moore and the other alleged victim are all missing like Fielding, but their photographs and vital statistics are unavailable. Hankerson was charged in federal court with four counts of murder as part of a continuing criminal enterprise several years after the men disappeared. He pleaded guilty in June 2002. Utley committed suicide on Christmas Day, several days after his arrest, by hanging himself in his cell. Authorities stated that his death had brought the case to a close and no further investigations were going to be made in Fielding's case.

    Fielding is a former Marine. Although his remains have never been found, foul play is strongly suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.

    Utley
    Above: Leo Lamont Utley

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Richmond County Sheriff's Office
    706-821-1020

    OR
    706-821-1080

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    Source Information
    The Augusta Chronicle
    Richmond County Sheriff's Office
    NewsLibrary
    WRDW News 12

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 21, 2007; details of disappearance updated.

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