Left and Center: Kyle circa, 1976
Right: Age Progressed to age 61
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: January 27, 1976
Missing From: LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia
Classification: Endangered Missing
Date Of Birth: October 2, 1953
Age: 22 years old
Height and Weight: 5’11” and 156 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White Male, Brown hair, Hazel eyes, Kyle has previously fractured his ring finger and may have a mustache
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A denim/suede jacket, a multicolored blue shirt with a white tie, and denim pants
NCMEC Number: 665469
Details of Disappearance
Kyle Clinkscales was last seen in LaGrange, Georgia on January 27th 1976. He was last seen at the Moose Club at approximately 11:00 pm. He was a bar tender at the club and left the location to drive 35 miles away to Auburn University where he was a student. He never arrived there and has never been seen or heard from since.
At the time, Kyle was driving a White two door 1974 Pinto Runabout with the Georgia license plate number CEF-717 and the VIN number 4T11Y207954. The vehicle has never been located.
Kyles parents initially believed that he had left on his own accord. Although it was uncharacteristic of him to do so, he had been doing bad at college and had previously dropped out of college. He re enrolled at Auburn University after un enrolling from it. He did say he planned to do better academically but his first term grades were not reaching his expectations.
His parents both reported him missing on February 3rd 1976. He was close to them both and usually left notes about his whereabouts to them. They have not heard from him since he disappeared.
Authorities believe that Clinkscales was murdered on the night of his disappearance. In 2005, a man called Kyles parents and stated that he witnessed the disposal of his body. The person would have been a child when the disposal occurred and stated that his body was covered in concrete, stuffed in a barrel, and thrown into a pond on a private property.
The pond was searched but Clinkscales body was not found. The persons information led to the arrest of two individuals in relation to his disappearance. The first to be arrested was Jimmy Earl Jones whom was charged with concealing a death, hindering the apprehension of a criminal, and two counts of making false statements.
The next person to be arrested was Jeanne Pawlak Johnson. She was charged with concealing a death, making false statements, and obstruction of justice. Jones and Johnson have not been charged with killing Kyle but they are believed to have been involved in his death and disposal.
Authorities believe that the person who killed Kyle was a man named Ray Hyde. Authorities believe that Hyde and Kyle knew each other prior to his murder. Hyde was a member of the bar that Kyle worked at. It’s believed that Kyle was killed because he had knowledge of Hyde’s criminal activities at the time.
Jones would later reveal that on January 27th 1976, he arrived at Hyde’s home to find Kyle dead. He was killed by being shot to death. Jones helped in dragging Kyles body to Hyde’s shop before it was dumped on the pond.
Ray died in 2001, before that he told Jones that he went back to the pond and recovered Kyles body in the barrel before dumping it at another location. Ray also owned a salvage yard and authorities searched it for Kyles missing vehicle but it has not been found. Jones served 9 years in prison for his role in Kyles death and has since been released.
Kyle has never been located and is presumed dead. His father, John, wrote a book about his son’s disappearance. It’s known as “Kyle’s Story: Friday never came”. John passed away in 2007 at age 82. Foul play is suspected in Kyle’s case.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Troup County Sheriffs Office 706-883-1616