William Earl Clifton

Clifton, circa 1982

  • Missing Since 12/10/1982
  • Missing From Chocowinity, North Carolina
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Age 30 years old
  • Height and Weight 6'2, 185 pounds
  • Associated Vehicle(s) Black over white 1975 Chevrolet Camaro with the North Carolina license plate number DLS42 (accounted for)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Clifton has a scar on his back.

Details of Disappearance

Clifton was last seen at the VIP, a now-defunct tavern in Chocowinity, North Carolina, on December 10, 1982. That evening he'd gotten a phone call at his home on West Second Street in Washington, North Carolina, then left quickly afterwards. His wife thought he was going out to pick up Christmas gifts for their two children.

He was sighted at the VIP with two other men, David McMicken and Michael Norman. The three of them left together before last call. None of them were ever heard from again.

At the time of his disappearance, Clifton owned a black over white 1975 Chevrolet Camaro with the North Carolina license plate number DLS42. Two months later, the vehicle was located in New York. An arrest was made in association with this, but no details about the arrest are available.

After the three men disappeared, police at first assumed they had simply abandoned their families. A report from Clifton's missing persons file says he had a domestic dispute the night he disappeared, something his wife and daughter say is untrue.

Clifton's daughter described her parents' marriage as very happy and she doesn't think her father would have walked out of his life. McMicken's wife was pregnant at the time of his disappearance and later gave birth to his daughter, but her husband was unaware of the pregnancy.

The three men's cases are unsolved and the circumstances of their disappearances are unclear.

Investigating Agency

  • Beaufort County Sheriff's Office 252-946-7111

Source Information

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated March 22, 2022; casefile added.