Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Charles "Mississippi" Johnson was a 28-year-old carnival hand who arriived in Fayette County with a a Tampa, FL-based carnival in the summer of 1981. On July 30, 1981, an acquaintance of Johnson's approached the Allegheny County Police Homicide Division and reported the man's disappearance and suspected murder outside of a mobile home in the village of Adelaide in Dunbar Township.
Police responded to the residence, conducted interviews and collected evidence and a person of interest was identified. Investigators are convinced by physical evidence gathered at the location that Johnson died as a result of a gunshot wound.
Johnson was a traveler without roots or strong family ties. Police conducted periodic searches for Johnson. There was no activity using his social security card number since August 1981.
In 2015, David Eugene Lint was arrested in the death of Charles Johnson. Lint allegedly bragged about the murder of Charles “Mississippi” Johnson to several people over the years. Lint lived next door to Johnson in a trailer in Dunbar Township in the village of Adelaide with his then-wife, Linda Lint. Johnson married Lint’s sister-in-law, Carol Basinger. The four worked together in the summer of 1981 at the Fayette County Fair.
Lint allegedly told witnesses he killed Johnson because he was “always beating up” Basinger and he was “tired of it". He allegedly shot Johnson in the head with a .30/-30 rifle, burned his body and buried it near the trailer.
The area where the body was allegedly buried, next door to Lint’s former trailer, is now a park. During the earlier stages of the investigation, police attempted to find the body with a backhoe and tip to its location. Nothing was found.
Lint is charged with criminal homicide, abuse of a corpse and tampering with physical evidence.
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