Catlett, approximately 1981
Date reported missing : 08/19/1981
Missing location (approx) :
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 12/27/1924 (96)
Age at the time of disappearance: 56 years old
Height / Weight : 6'2, 210 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A gold ring with a square red stone and a gold Timex wristwatch with a stretch band.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Gray hair, hazel eyes. Catlett wears a toupee.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Catlett was last seen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on August 19, 1981, when he called his office to say he was on his way to a meeting. He never arrived there. Two weeks later, his car was found abandoned in Denver, Colorado.
Catlett's credit cards were subsequently used at gas stations, stores and motels in New York, Colorado, Alabama, Missouri, Kansas and Louisiana, but the person using the cards wasn't Catlett. He was described as a man in his twenties with a slim build. A California man was questioned in connection with Catlett's case but no charges were filed against the individual.
Catlett left behind a wife and three children when he vanished, and his wife says he had no domestic problems and no reason to leave without warning. He was employed as the director of industrial development for Illinois Central Gulf Railroad at the time of his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Baton Rouge City Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
The Sioux City Journal
Louisiana Missing Persons
Louisiana Repository for Unidentified & Missing People
The Victoria Advocate
October 12, 2004. September 27, 2018; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
Interactive Missing Person Search Map