William Farris Goodmon

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Above Images: Goodmon, circa 1988


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 27, 1988 from Polk City, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 6, 1932
  • Age: 56 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 125 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Goodmon is a heavy smoker. He has a mustache.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red and white checkered button-down shirt, navy blue work pants and light brown western-style boots.
  • Medical Conditions: Goodmon was depressed at the time of his disappearance. He also had a severe cough. Several months before his disappearance, he injured his nose and required medical treatment.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Goodmon was left his home in Polk City, Florida at 6:45 a.m. on June 27, 1988. He was reported missing when he failed to show up for work at his business, Day's Lawn Mower in Lakeland, Florida. He usually opened the store at 7:30 a.m. A clerk at a convenience store north of Lakeland sold Goodmon beer and cigarettes at 9:00 a.m. the day of his disappearance. She recognized him because he was a regular customer. This is the last reported sighting of him; he has never been heard from again. The .357 magnum Ruger handgun he normally carried with him has never been found.

    Goodmon's vehicle was found abandoned in a rural area in Manatee County, Florida two months after he vanished. It had been partially stripped and vandalized, and was full of garbage. The car is described as a brown 1974 Ford Thunderbird with a maroon hood, a dark brown vinyl top and the Florida license plate number 746-AZJ. Authorities determined it had been there since late June, but it wasn't towed until August.

    In 1993, Goodmon was declared legally dead. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    The Lakeland Ledger
    The Doe Network


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 28, 2011; middle name, picture, clothing/jewelry description and medical conditions added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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