Jennings Lee Hart

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Above: Jennings, circa 1980

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 21, 1980 from Marienville, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 5, 1929
  • Age: 50 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair. Jennings has a beard and mustache.
  • Medical Conditions: Jennings suffers from paranoid schizophrenia requiring medication. He may not have been taking his medicine at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Jennings was last seen putting gas in his car in Marienville, Pennsylvania at 3:00 p.m. on January 21, 1980. After his disappearance, his car was found in the garage at his home on Route 899. The keys were in the house and change was scattered in the driveway. An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of him.

    At one time, Jennings sang for United Service Organizations, which provides entertainment for American troops overseas. He married Sandra, a former television hostess, and they lived in New Jersey and had one son, Emerson. Emerson is now a singer and songwriter for the alternative rock band Tonic. He wrote about his father in his solo debut album, Cigarettes and Gasoline, which was released in 2007. Emerson stated his father was a loving parent but had violent outbursts throughout his life and once threatened the family's pet cockatoo with a gun after it nipped him. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1975 and prescribed medication, but he resisted treatment and often refused to take his medicine. Sandra filed for divorce in 1977 and Jennings moved to rural Pennsylvania. He visited Emerson, but would periodically threaten to kidnap him. Then he disappeared.

    Authorities learned that that time of his disappearance, Jennings was dating several women at once and some of them were married. They believe he was a homicide victim and speculated it was a revenge crime related to his tangled romantic relationships. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police
    814-755-3565

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    Pennsylvania Missing Persons
    People Magazine

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 5, 2010; casefile added.

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