Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
In May 2012, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office began a missing person investigation involving Heidi Rhodes and John Hughes. Rhodes dog, Molly, was also unable to be located. They were last heard from by family and friends early in May. No indication was made by the couple that they were moving or going out of town. A welfare check of Hughes home found it to be empty, with his two vehicles missing.
Rhodes and her boyfriend, John Gregory Hughes, were last seen driving Hughes' white Escalade on May 6, 2012 in Bay County.
The vehicle was discovered on October 5, 2012 in DeFuniak Springs, but the tag was missing.
During the investigation, Barry Davis became a person of interest. He last saw Hughes and Rhodes on May 7, 2012. According to Davis, he was hired by Hughes to pack a rental truck with his furniture and personal belongings from his Seagrove Beach home. He also stated to investigators he was asked to sell Hughes’ car and manage his properties. Hughes’ car, a Corvette, was located in Central Florida where it had been sold by Davis’ for 15,000 dollars.
The investigation also led law enforcement to find some of Hughes’ property located at a local storage facility, rented in Davis’ name. Other property belonging to Hughes was located at a local pawn shop and in Davis’ home in Argyle. Witnesses told law enforcement Davis had given items to them as payment for work they had done for him as laborers. These items were verified to be personal belongings of Hughes.
Evidence gathered from a lamp was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Lab. The blood identified on the lamp belonged to John Hughes. Another one of the belongings given away was identified as Rhodes’ dog Molly. Through a research of financial transactions, Davis was found to have made numerous debits from Hughes’ accounts after the couple’s disappearance.
Barry Davis was arrested in connection with the homicide of Heidi Rhodes and John Hughes in February 2013. He was found guilty of 2 counts of 1st degree murder. His girlfriend testified against him.
Hughes, a resident of Santa Rosa Beach, and Rhodes were dating at the time they disappeared. Hughes had been badly injured in a work-related accident and was living well off a large legal settlement.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Walton County Sheriff's Office