The Doe Network:
Case File 3367DMNY


Thomas James Mixon
Missing since May 4, 1998 from Buffalo, New York
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance

Mixon, the father of a young son, was last seen in the evening hours at his residence in the vicinity of Bryson Street and Memorial Drive in Buffalo, NY. Mixon was last seen by his mother on May 3, two days later, he left a distressing message on her answering machine, when she paged him the message on his pager said he had gone turkey hunting and if people needed him, they should contact his roommate Vladimir Sokolov. Mixon's mother reported Mixon missing on May 11th.

Mixon is an alleged drug trafficker and his mother fears Mixon and Sokolov had been involved in a drug deal that went bad Mixon and Sokolov had been working as painters.
The flat shared by Mixon and Sokolov was searched less than two weeks after Mixon was reported missing. Mixon had deeded over his East Side home to Sokolov in order to prevent his estranged wife from obtaining it.

The day after Mixon vanished, Sokolov had placed his roommate's belongings out on the street.
Sokolov, 21, was charged with second-degree murder in the May 1998 homicide of Thomas J. Mixon. According to Mixon relatives, Sokolov allegedly bragged that he killed Mixon. Sokolov's ex-girlfriend claimed that Sokolov told her in summer 1998 that he had killed Mixon. she said she saw Mixon's dismembered body in his Bryson Street flat. He was angered over the treatment of a relative in an affair with two women.

Sokolov was acquitted in March 2002 of the second-degree murder of Mixon.

A witness claimed Mixon showed him about $10,000 worth of survival gear and food stored in a back room at the Bryson Street flat and said he told him he was facing "heat" from the FBI and owed money to Jamaican drug suppliers and he was "going to disappear for good," weeks before he did disappear.

Mixon, whose body has never been found.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Buffalo Police Department

Agency Case Number: 98131-0327

NCIC Number: M-211429400
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
National Center for Missing Adults
The Buffalo News, NY

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