MO ''JOHNNY LEE MILLS'': Missing from Maryland Heights, MO - 21 Sept 1990 - Age 13 - True identity unknown


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''Johnny Lee Mills'' is a unidentified boy who was taken into police custody in 1990 after being arrested in St. Louis, MO on susscipon of being a runaway. He told them he had been on his own for a long time and ''worked the truck stops'' He stated his name was Johnny Lee Mills which later proved false and also used the aliases Steve Johnson and Randi Smith. He was transferred to a youth shelter in Maryland Heights, MO but ran away in September 21, 1990 before his true identity could be established.

DNA or Dental records are unavailable for Johnny, making identification difficult if not impossible.

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Johnny Lee Mills was an alias used by an unidentified teenage male that had been arrested in St. Louis in 1990 on suspicion of being a runaway. He ran away from the youth shelter before his identity could be confirmed. All information given by him, including his name, age and other details, turned out to be false and his true identity has never been discovered. He was also using the names Steve Johnson and Randi Smith.

It's unknown what happened to him after leaving the shelter; due to the lifestyle he led, it was theorized he may have met with foul play and may even be one of the unidentified bodies across the country.

There were theories he fell victim to a serial killer focused on young male prostitutes, however this theory had been proven to be false, as there was no serial killer in the area at that time. There's also the possibility he is still alive and even may have reunited with his family or guardians.

His case is considered as closed by law enforcement.

  • He may have gone unreported missing Acknowledged
  • He may be the St. Louis John Doe (1992)
  • He may have been a prostitute.While in police custody, he claimed to "work the truck stops" which might indicate an involvement in sex work.


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Actual photos of unidentified male; Age-progressed to 21 years (circa 1997)

Date of Discovery: September 21, 1990
Location of Discovery: Maryland Heights, Saint Louis County, Missouri
Estimated Date of Death: N/A - Living
State of Remains: N/A - Living
Cause of Death: N/A - Living

Physical Description
Estimated Age: 13 years old
Race: White
Gender: Male
Height: 5'5"
Weight: 108 lbs.
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: A 4-inch scar on his breastbone and a 1-inch scar on the left side of his chest.

Dentals: Not available. He has gaps between his teeth.
Fingerprints: Not available.
DNA: Not available.

Clothing & Personal Items
Clothing: Unknown
Jewelry: Unknown
Additional Personal Items: Unknown

Circumstances of Discovery

An unidentified boy was taken into police custody after being suspected of being a runaway. Initially placed in Youth Emergency Services in St. Louis, Missouri, he was transferred to a children's shelter on September 21, 1990, in Maryland Heights, Missouri. He said his name was Johnny Lee Mills. He also used the aliases of Steve Johnson and Randi Smith. He ran away from the shelter before his identity could be confirmed. All the information he provided turned out to be false and his true identity was never established.

Originally, he was listed as a missing person under the name Johnny Lee Mills. After this name proved to be false, he was removed from NCIC in 2008. Subsequently, the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) closed his case.

There were theories regarding his being a victim of a serial killer who focused on young male prostitutes. It is claimed that there were several unidentified victims and two of them fit the description of "Johnny Lee Mills."

Recent discussions with the investigating agency indicate that this information regarding a serial killer is not correct as there was no serial killer of young boys in the area at the time "Johnny Lee Mills" appeared and disappeared. The case file has been lost, but it was recalled that "Johnny" was not forthcoming with information and indicated that he had been on his own for a long time and "worked" the truck stops.

Due to there being no way to establish his identity and no living relatives could be found, the investigating agency considers the case closed.

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