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Alfred Elmer Hoffman Marshal

Missing Person Case September 2021

Alfred, approximately 1976

Date reported missing : 10/09/1976

Missing location (approx) :
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :
Age at the time of disappearance: 17 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1, 160 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A white t-shirt, blue jeans and sneakers.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Alfred's nickname is Al. He may use his last names Hoffman and Marshal together or separately.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Alfred was last seen with Teresa GossAge at the time of disappearance: on October 9, 1976. They were students at Waynesville High School, and both were the children of officers at the Fort Leonard Wood Army base. They left on a date in Alfred's car at 7:30 p.m. They never returned and have never been heard from again.
The following day, their car was found locked and abandoned on a side road in an isolated area of Fort Leonard Wood. In spite of the freezing weather, Alfred's jacket was found in the backseat of the vehicle. His hairbrush, which he never went anywhere without, was in the console. There was no evidence of foul play.
Although investigators initially thought the pair had run away, Alfred and Teresa's loved ones didn't believe this. Alfred left $1,000 behind in the bank, and he was looking forward to a hunting trip with his father and traveling to Germany for Christmas. He was a good student and planned to go to college.
In January 1977, three teenAge at the time of disappearance: rs were murdered at Fort Leonard Wood while out on a double date. Johnny Lee Thornton, a military police officer, pulled them over as they crossed into the fort, shot the boys to death, Gender : ually assaulted the girls, shot them also, and dumped the four bodies. One girl from the group survived by playing dead. She walked for six miles to the nearest house to call for help.
Thornton pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, claiming he had multiple personalities, but was convicted and sentenced to three life terms plus twenty years in prison. He is considered a suspect in the disappearances of Alfred and Teresa well. Alfred's car was found abandoned not far from where the murder victims' bodies were dumped.
In spite of the circumstances, however, no evidence has been found to tie Thornton to Alfred and Teresa's disappearances. He remains in federal prison and the cases are still unsolved.

Other information and links : ncy

U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command

September 2021 updates and sources

The Waynesville Daily Guide
The Springfield News-Leader
The Daily Capital News

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