Left 3: Johnson, circa 1974; Right: Composite image to age 30
Michael Lloyd Johnson
Missing since November 1974, from Independence, Jackson County, Missouri.
Classification: Non Family Abduction
Circumstances of Disappearance
Michael Lloyd Johnson disappeared together with his mother, Freda Denman and sister Sheri Lynn Johnson. Their father has not been seen either since that time. The family went missing in November 1974, but the landlord did not report them missing until March 1975.
The police found Freda's clothes in the closet; while her husband's and children's clothes were missing. Blood was found on a cushion in the home, but the tests were inconclusive.
Denman's husband Henry Lee Harbison aka Henry Johnson has an extensive criminal background and uses several aliases. Henry had affiliations with members of the "Church of the New Song" who claim the family was murdered.
The Denman family believes that Freda was killed and the children were given away.
The Independence police investigated it as a missing person's case. At the same time, the FBI was looking for Henry. Independence closed their case, assuming the FBI would pick up where they left off, but that didn't happen and the case remains unsolved.
In 2004, the police reopened the investigation in the disappearances.
Above Images: Henry Lee Harbison; Bottom Right: Age-Progression by Wesley Neville
Investigators Independence Police Department
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Detective Tim Holiman
FBI - Kansas City Resident Agency
Independence Police Department
Agency Case Number: 75-005671
NCMEC #: NCMC959565 NCIC Number: M-114363914 Source Information:
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
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NCMEC #: NCMC959565
NCIC Number: M-114363914