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Missing Charles Arlin Leon Henderson
Charles, circa 1991; Age progression forensics photo at age 40 (circa 2020); The bicycle
Missing Since 07/25/1991
Moscow Mills, Missouri
Classification Non-Family Abduction
Date of Birth Used 03/16/1980 (41)
Age 11 years old
Height and Weight 4'5, 70 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A camouflage-print t-shirt, camouflage-print pants with a tear in one knee, gray socks with red stripes, and black sneakers.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. 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.
Details of Disappearance Arlin was riding his white and yellow bicycle in his family's mobile home in Moscow Mills, Missouri, about fifty miles north of St. Louis, 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, 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.
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.
Investigators searched a site near Winfield, Missouri in the summer of 2001 for 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.
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.
Shawn Hornbeck, a fifteen-year-old boy who disappeared at age eleven in 2002, and William "Ben" Ownby, a thirteen-year-old boy who was abducted in 2007, were 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, and 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. A photo of the bicycle is posted with this case summary.
Arlin's disappearance remains unsolved.
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