Monday, May 16, 2022

Henry Baltimore, Jr. - MSU Drum Major missing from East Lansing, MI since 1973



In January 2021, filmmaker Andrew Acciaioli uploaded a great short documentary, What Happened to Henry? to YouTube.  It contains family photos, interviews and important information on the case from investigators.   

Original Dark Sleuth post from May 2016:

Henry Baltimore, Jr. was a drum major at Michigan State University
when he went missing on May 30, 1973.  
(Source: NamUs)

Henry Baltimore, Jr. had a bright future ahead of him. His family described him as "a leader, yet a fun-loving young man." These were the same qualities that made him a drum major at Michigan State University, where he studied music.  

On May 30, 1973, the 21 year-old college junior disappeared and was never seen again.  

Two months before he went missing, Baltimore reported that he was the victim of an armed robbery.  Two men entered the apartment he shared with roommates and stole cash, clothing and a watch.  Out of fear, Baltimore waited several days before informing East Lansing police in March 1973. 
Baltimore disappeared just before he was set to testify at the arraignment of one of his attackers.  He described feeling threatened and afraid for his life.  

In 2014, more than 40 years since Baltimore went missing, his family gathered with police and Crime Stoppers for a public plea for information.  

Please watch the MLive video below from November 19, 2014 featuring his family:

One of his attackers is described as having ties to Flint, Michigan.  East Lansing Police Lieutenant Wrigglesworth stated at the press conference:

Several agencies have combined their resources to investigate this case, including, the Genesee County Sheriff's Department, the Ingham County Sheriff's Department, the Flint Police Department, the East Lansing Police Department, the Michigan State University Police Department, and the Michigan State Police.  

There are several rewards being offered for information leading to either finding Baltimore or prosecuting his killers:
Crime Stoppers: $2,500 Reward
City of East Lansing:  $5,000 Reward
Michigan State University: $5,000 Reward  

Baltimore was 6'2" and approximately 175 lbs when he went missing.  He was African-American, with black hair and brown eyes.   His NamUs profile states he was last seen wearing a black turtleneck sweater, light grey slacks and black & grey shoes.  

Baltimore's disappearance devastated his family.  In this MLive article from November 19, 2014, his sister described their father's reaction: 

Sadly, both of Baltimore's parents have since died. 

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In March 2019, Baltimore's case was featured on the podcast, The Trail Went Cold.  

The episode is well-researched and definitely worth a listen.  Hopefully it will bring much needed attention to the case:

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If you have ANY information on this case, please contact:
Crime Stoppers of Michigan: 1 (800) SPEAK-UP
or 1 (800) 773-2587

East Lansing Police Dept: (517) 319-6811 

Henry Baltimore, Jr. Case Profiles:
NamUs MP# 9141:

The Doe Network, Case File # 2149DMMI: 

Sources of Information:
The Charley Project: Henry Baltimore, Jr.:

MLive Youtube Video, "Family pleads for answers in Henry Baltimore, Jr. missing person case,"  November 19, 2014

MLive article, "Family pleads for answers in 1973 MSU missing-person case with Flint connections," by Amanda Emery, November 19, 2014:

NamUs case profile, MP # 9141:

The Doe Network, Case file # 2149DMMI: