Linda Louise Fledderman
Missing since August 17, 1996 from Myakka, Manatee County, Florida
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Linda Fledderman and her fiancé, Jefferson Blanton were last seen at the Myakka City Bar on August 17, 1996. With them was Larry Parks, now a convicted murderer in the 1999 stabbing deaths of Sherry Brannon and her two young daughters.
The couple lived a few streets away at 37855 Sixby Road, a private dirt road in a heavily wooded area. At 18.00 that evening, Blanton was found shot to death in a hallway inside their home. Fledderman was nowhere to be found. The gun was never recovered.
Detectives found Blanton’s body after Fledderman failed to pick up her son from her sister, who had been babysitting. Someone had forced their way through the back door. There were no signs of struggle; nothing was taken from the home. Two vehicles — Fledderman’s navy blue Ford F150 pickup and Blanton’s smaller green pickup — were parked at the residence.
Fledderman was a technician at L-3 Aviation Recorders in Sarasota; Blanton was a construction worker. Investigators never found Fledderman’s body.
Detectives first considered her as a suspect in Blanton's homicide, as the relationship was violent, but they now believe she was a victim.
Fledderman's family had her declared legally dead, claiming she would never have left behind the couple’s then 4-year-old son.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
Agency Case Number: 960029659
The Bradenton Herald
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