MISSING SINCE SUMMER OF 1983
Age-Progressed Image Released of 1983 Cold Case of Missing Teen
By Matthew Pleasant THE LEDGER
Published: Friday, October 28, 2011 at 11:57 p.m. Last Modified: Friday, October 28, 2011 at 11:57 p.m.
LAKELAND | The summer of 1983 was coming to an end and Clifton Leonard wanted to spend time with friends on Lake Hollingsworth.
The 16-year-old boy with schizophrenia was recovering from a breakdown that hospitalized him for several days. A new year was starting at Lakeland High School. He eagerly wanted to return and eventually graduate with his classmates.
But on the evening of Aug. 24, Leonard never returned from visiting friends on the lake.
"We have more questions than answers," said Donna Wood, a sheriff's spokeswoman.
Twenty-eight years later, the Polk County Sheriff's Office still searches for clues to Leonard's whereabouts. He would be 44 years old today. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has assisted sheriff's detectives by creating an age-progressed photograph of what a middle-aged Leonard would look like.
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