(ERIE COUNTY, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and the Ohio Missing Persons Unit ask for help in locating the Ohio family of a deceased Florida man. The man died years ago, but authorities in Florida have reached out to Ohio in a continued effort to locate family members.
“The Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse in Florida has not given up trying to locate this family, “ said Attorney General DeWine. “We are not giving up either.”
The white male was in his 20’s when he was killed in 1972 or 1973. He had a first name of James or Eugene and a last name of Moody or Moony. The man apparently claimed to be the son of a preacher from near Castalia, Ohio, (Erie County) who had run away from home. He had siblings and family in the Northern part of Ohio.
The man was killed while riding his bike near the gas station in Islamorada, Florida, where he worked as a mechanic’s helper. He didn’t have a driver’s license or any other official identification. Since no relatives were ever located, the owners of the gas station buried him.
A person recently contacted the Florida Missing Endangered Persons Information Clearinghouse relating some of this new information about the deceased man. Even though this case is nearly 40 years old, there is a hope that these details will sound familiar to someone in this man’s family.
If anyone knows anything about the possible identity of this victim, please call the Ohio Missing Persons Unit at 800-325-5604.
Lisa Hackley: 614-466-3840
Eve Mueller: 614-466-3840