Johnny Joe Shields

Johnny Joe Shields (Courtesy Iowa Dept. of Public Safety)

Johnny Joe Shields

Missing Person

Age at Report: 32
DOB: February 12, 1956
Weight: 160 lbs.
Height: 5′ 06″
Race: White
Hair: Black
Eyes: Brown
Incident Type: Involuntary disappearance
Missing From: Carter Lake, IA
Pottawattamie County
Case #
89-00081
NCIC Number: M-337585780
NamUs MP # 27996
Dental Records: Available
Missing Since: December 15, 1988

 
 
Johnny Joe Shields, who lived with his mother in Carter Lake, Iowa, was heard leaving the residence at 2 a.m. on Thursday, December 15, 1988, and has never returned to his residence nor contacted his family.

Pottawattamie County in Iowa
Pottawattamie County in Iowa
 
Carter Lake in Pottawattamie CountyCarter Lake in Pottawattamie County

The 32-year-old left personal belongings and his pickup truck behind, and was reported missing to the Carter Lake Police Department on Friday, December 16, 1988.

At the time of his disappearance, he was described as a 5-foot-6 white male weighing 160 pounds. He has black hair and brown eyes, and wore a beard and mustache.

He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a plaid flannel shirt, white Nike tennis shoes and a blue down vest.

Shields was employed by the Ohio Fish Market in Omaha, and there has been no activity in his bank account since he went missing.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety has classified his disappearance as involuntary.

Dental information / charting is available and will be entered on NamUs at a later date.

Information Needed

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Johnny Joe Shields, please contact the Carter Lake Police Department at (712) 347-5920.

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9 Responses to Johnny Shields

  1. Excuses excuses says:

    This person is said to be Buried in a field that has lime in it….Southeast of Lakeside the junkyard… everybody in town knows the story including the police
    wonder if a single Bucket of dirt has ever been lifted or what excuse they would have to why not…..

    • Silence Hubbard says:

      Look at the time frame, there is no way he could be buried there unless someone kept the body in their home for months. The ground wouldve been frozen solid. Digging any kind of hole without large very noticable equipment would have been impossible and I highly doubt that anyone would damage heavy machinery to that. This is the first anyone has even proposed this idea that I know of. Seeing that I’m his son pretty sure that story would have atleast crossed my path at some point. I’d really like to know what happenend that night though. Lots of questions as to why he would vanish, leaving me to suffer the childhood I went through. His own family has barely spoke a word to me. Idk kind of messed up if you ask me. Ive only been able to piece together bits and pieces over the years and I have an idea of what happenend but without being able to talk to folks who knew him personally I’ve hit a dead end.

      • Curious says:

        Could you share what you have learned? what do you think happened?

        • Silence Hubbard says:

          It’s all hypothetical, but I think he was tied into the drug smuggling that was going on in the Ohio fish market. He probably stuck his nose where it didnt belong or did some one dirty. The stories I’ve heard all have 1 thing in common and its that drug ring at the fish market. Story goes he was helping smuggle the drugs out, the night he disappeared he was supposedly going with his best friend. I was never tolf the friends name just that this friend committed suicide shortly after. From what Ive been able to gather this is the most likely scenario. His body was either crushed in a car or dumped in the river. Everyone that knows the truth of the matter is either dead or will never talk due to their standing in society. Its a lost cause honestly. He shouldve been pronounced deceased years ago.

  2. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    A few nights ago, I came across a history of the Ohio Fish Market. It was an interesting story. However, the article mentioned that three homicides took place at the place. One of victims was identified as Johnny Joe Shields. It did not provide any details on how he supposedly died. Yet, the details appear to show that Mr. Shields, disapppeared from home, and not from work.

    Also, someone with the same last name was born in Nebraska in 1938, and lived in Carter Lake, also in Bettendorf, Iowa, and Port Byron, Illinois. He died in Carter Lake, sometime after his namesake disappeared. I wonder if this was his father. Since, he was living with his mother.

  3. Patrick Kerrigan says:

    I was wondering if their any traumatic events that took place in his family or friends before he disappeared.

    I wonder if was dealing with any type of stress connected with his job. Also, were there any noticeable changes in his demearnor in the days before he disappeared.

  4. Sending prayers and my heart and thoughts to the family and friends.

  5. Prayers for the family

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