Ronald Jessup Brightwell
Brightwell, approximately 2012
Date and time person was reported missing : 11/30/2012
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 30 years old
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Brightwell disappeared from Springfield, Missouri on November 30, 2012, but because his family often didn't hear from him for months at a time, he wasn't reported missing until 2014. In March 2018, his skeletal remains were found in a field south of Jenkins, Missouri. They weren't identified until May 2019. Brightwell's death is under investigation.
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Springfield Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Missouri State Highway Patrol
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