Missing since July 1981 from Adelaide, Dunbar Twp, Fayette County
Age at Time of Disappearance: 28
Nickname: Mississippi, thought to have been his home state
In the summer of 1981, Charles "Mississippi" Johnson, traveling with a Tampa, FL-based carnival, came into Uniontown to prepare for their participation in the Fayette County Fair. It's unlikely that Mississippi ever saw the actual opening of the fair and just as unlikely that he ever left Fayette County.
The way the story goes, in the short time Mississippi was in town, he met a local girl and decided to stay.
On July 31, 1981 an acquaintance contacted the Allegheny County Police Homicide Squad and reported that Johnson was missing and further stated that the missing man may have been killed outside of a mobile home in the village of Adelaide in Dunbar Township.
Police visited the home, conducted interviews and collected evidence. A person of interest was identified. The site where Johnson was thought to be buried was dug up but nothing was found.
In the years since Mississippi Johnson disappeared, much of the Adelaide area has changed. A park now encompasses the land site where he may have been buried. Police, based on some evidence collected during the initial investigation, believe Johnson was shot and killed, however, an arrest has never been made and Johnson's remains have never been found.
Article for the Fayette County Fair from The Valley Independent, Saturday, August 1, 1981
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