Clifton Patrick Leonard
Clifton, approximately 1983; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression to Age at the time of disappearance: 49 (approximately 2016)
Date reported missing : 08/22/1983
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/29/1967 (54)
Age at the time of disappearance: 16 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 155 - 170 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A t-shirt and shorts.
Medical conditions : Clifton was diagnosed with schizophrenia several years before his disappearance. He has suffered emotional breakdowns in the past and may attempt suicide as a result of his condition. He taking the anti-psychotic medication Thorazine in August 1983, but he wasn't carrying his prescription at the time of his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Clifton wears eyeglasses. His nickname is Clif.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Clifton resided in Lakeland, Florida in 1983. On the day of his disappearance, he planned to meet friends in the Lake Hollingsworth area. He had just gotten out of the hospital and was looking forward to returning to school.
His parents expected him to be home by 10:00 p.m., but he never arrived and never contacted him again. When his friends were questioned, they said he'd left Lake Hollingsworth in a car driven by an unknown individual.
Clifton left behind his new glasses, new school clothes, and medication, taking only a bag, a bathing suit, a change of clothing and $20. The screen was found removed from his bedroom window the day after his disappearance. His mother reported him missing on August 24.
Clifton's parents adopted him as an infant. He was hospitalized several times over the years due to his schizophrenia, and attended a class for emotionally disturbed students at Lakeland High School, but he had never run away and his parents don't believe he ran away in 1983.
Clifton's mother is still alive and lives in the local area, and remains hopeful that he will be found. Few details are available in his case.
Other information and links : ncy
Polk County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The Doe Network
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The Lakeland Ledger
CF News 13
October 12, 2004. May 11, 2017; Age at the time of disappearance: -progression updated.