Find Missing Charles Arlin Leon Henderson!

Find Missing Charles Arlin Leon Henderson!

Find Missing Charles Arlin Leon Henderson!
He was last seen riding his bicycle
This was in the evening.
And this was 27 years ago.
Could that bike hold the key
To what has happened to Arlin?

Find Missing Charles Arlin Leon Henderson!

Find Missing Charles Arlin Leon Henderson! Charles Arlin Leon Henderson has been missing since July 25, 1991. He is missing in Moscow Mills, Missouri. Charles Arlin Leon Henderson’s case is classified as a non-family abduction. His year of birth is 1980. At the time of his disappearance, Arlin was 11 years old. His current age is 38 years old. Charles Arlin Leon Henderson is a Caucasian female. He is described as 4’5″ tall and 70 pounds at the time of his disappearance. His hair is blond and his eyes are blue.

When he was last seen, Arlin was wearing camouflage-print t-shirt, camouflage-print pants with a tear in one knee, gray socks with red stripes, and black sneakers. Charles had a crewcut at the time of his disappearance. He has a scar on his thigh and a gap between his teeth. He goes by one of his middle names, Arlin, and many accounts refer to him as Arlin Henderson.

Find Missing Charles Arlin Leon Henderson!

Charles Arlin Leon Henderson was riding his white and yellow bicycle. He was doing so in his family’s mobile home in Moscow Mills, Missouri, about fifty miles north of St. Louis. This event occurred on July 25, 1991. He was last seen between 5:00 and 5:30 p.m. the day he vanished. Arlin has never been heard from again.

Joshua Spangler confessed to Arlin’s murder in 2001. This was ten years after the child disappeared. Spangler was 13 years old at the time of the alleged killing, and he could not have served prison time for his role in the alleged crime because of his age.

Spangler was apparently involved in drug activity in 1991. He was associated with George N. Gibson and his older brother, Charles “Chuckie” Gibson. He says he sold drugs for them. Charles is currently imprisoned on federal drug and money laundering charges.

Both of the Gibson brothers were initially charged in connection with Arlin’s case in the spring of 2001. Spangler told investigators that a member of Arlin’s family owed money to Charles Gibson, and Spangler was paid $10,000 to kill Arlin as a warning.

Spangler stated that he was riding in a truck with George on July 25, 1991, the day Arlin vanished, and they abducted him and held him in a house in Davis, Missouri for a few days. He claimed he shot Arlin in the head with a nine-millimeter pistol in a creek bed near Davis on July 28, three days after the boy was abducted, and buried the body along the Mississippi River.

Investigators searched a site near Winfield, Missouri. They did so in the summer of 2001, seeking Arlin’s remains. Nothing was located. Authorities withdrew charges against both of the Gibsons in October 2001 after learning that Spangler lied regarding their involvement in the crime. Citing numerous discrepancies in Spangler’s account, they charged him with perjury in connection with his testimony about Arlin’s supposed death.

Spangler plead guilty to perjury and was sentenced to seven years in prison. At the time of his plea, he was serving a four-year prison sentence for unrelated charges of burglary and evidence tampering. Authorities now believe Spangler and the Gibsons had nothing to do with Arlin’s disappearance. They say he made up the story as a malicious joke to make the police look incompetent.

Authorities have not cast aside the theory that Arlin’s disappearance may have been drug-related. But his mother denies allegations that she or any of her family members were involved with drugs.

Arlin’s mother describes him as a fun-loving boy who enjoyed telling stories, swimming, diving and bike riding. His favorite school subjects in 1991 were social studies and science. He lived with his mother at the time of his disappearance; his father had died of emphysema in 1990.

Arlin’s sister was murdered ten years after his disappearance. But the crime was not related to his case. His sister was killed by her estranged husband, who subsequently committed suicide. Arlin’s mother still lives in the same trailer park where her son used to live, but in a different mobile home. Her husband’s name is still listed in the phone book in case Arlin decides to call home.

In 2007, investigators began investigating Michael J. Devlin for possible involvement in Arlin’s disappearance and in several other cases, including the 1988 disappearance of Scott Kleeschulte and the 2005 disappearance of Bianca Piper

Shawn Hornbeck, a fifteen-year-old boy who disappeared at age eleven in 2002. William “Ben” Ownby, a thirteen-year-old boy who was abducted in 2007. They both found alive in Devlin’s house in January 2007. Ownby had been missing for five days and Hornbeck for over four years. Both boys had been held against their will by Devlin, who subsequently pleaded guilty to kidnapping and child molestation and was sentenced to life in prison.

Authorities initially suspected Devlin could be linked to other missing child cases. They formed a multi-jurisdictional task force to investigate this theory. In October 2007 the task force dissolved, as it could not find any evidence that Devlin was involved in any other children’s disappearances.

Arlin’s bicycle was found in a bean field three months after his disappearance and was taken by the police as evidence. Investigators hope to identify a set of fingerprints discovered on its frame.

Find Missing Charles Arlin Leon Henderson!

The bicycle belonging to missing child Arlin Henderson is shown during a press conference at the FBI Headquarters oin St. Louis on March 16, 2010. Henderson, who was 11 at the time, disapeared while riding his bike, near his home in Moscow Mills, Missouri on July 25, 1991. That date would have been Charles Arlin Henderson’s 30th birthday. The interest in the case re-emerged a few years ago when a task force looked into possible connections to Michael Devlin and the Shawn Hornbeck case. The FBI also provided age-progression photos of the boy. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Arlin’s disappearance remains unsolved.

Find Missing Charles Arlin Leon Henderson!

Charles Arlin Leon Henderson has been missing for over 27 years. His is a case with what can be a lead that can break his case wide open. That is the bicycle that was found months after Charles went missing. What motive would cause a kidnapper to leave a bike abandoned? If Charles is alive after 27 years, where would he be? There are long-term abductions. Where is Charles? Someone (s) knows something! Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Charles Arlin Leon Henderson? Do you have any information about his bicycle? Do you have any information concerning the person (s) responsible for her disappearance?

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Contact Information

Do you have any information? You may contact the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office at: (314) 528-8546. You may contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol Toll-Free Telephone Line at: (800) 877-3452. The Missing Persons Unit provides a toll-free hotline for parents, law enforcement agencies or others to provide information about missing and unidentified persons. You may email: You may contact the National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children: 1-800-843-5678.

NCMEC: 756985
NamUs MP2823

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office has a website profile for Charles Arlin Leon Henderson. Click here and learn more.
Charles Arlin Leon Henderson has a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children poster. Click here to view it.
Charles Arlin Leon Henderson has a NamUs profile. Click here to view it.
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This article was written after Charles Arlin Leon Henderson reached his 19th annual missing date. Click here and learn more.
The above information is found on Charles Arlin Leon Henderson’s Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.
The above image is courtesy of Missouri Missing.

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