Ann Arbor man still missing 45 years after family last saw him

Stinnett wore leather belt with flowers, name ‘Jeff’ on it

Jeffrey Lee Stinnett: Actual photo (L), age progression photo from 2019 (R) (NamUs)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – This year marks 45 years since a 21-year-old man vanished in Ann Arbor.

Jeffrey Lee Stinnett, also known as “Jeff,” was last seen by his mother on Jan. 15, 1978.

He was not reported missing until April 19, 1978. Someone he lived with called and reported that Stinnett had been missing for around seven days.

Stinnett had quit his job sometime before his disappearance. His personal belongings were still inside his apartment.

According to the FBI, Stinnett played tennis in high school, wrote poetry, played Dungeons & Dragons and was interested in the French language. He may have been experimenting with LSD.

Stinnett wore a homemade leather belt with flowers and the name “Jeff” on it. If alive, Stinnett would be 66 years old now.

At least 37 remains discovered across the country have been excluded as possible matches in this case.

DetailsJeffrey Lee Stinnett
HairBrown, wavy
Height5′ 10″
Weight140 - 160 lbs

Anyone with information should contact the Ann Arbor Police Department at 734-794-6920. The case number is 78-14040. Anonymous tips can also be made to the FBI.

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