Real Names: Unknown
Aliases: None Known
Wanted For: Armed Robbery, Abduction
Missing Since: October 30, 1987
Details: October 30, 1987, was supposed to be a normal day for postmaster Opal Johnson who worked in the small town of Epes, Alabama. However, it all changed when at around 11 AM, two unidentified men entered the post office. The two men, one white and one black, asked for stamps, but as Opal pulled her stamp drawer open, one of the men pulled out a gun and said "This is a robbery". The two men then leapt over the counter and began to ransack the place looking for money. The black male appeared to know much about postal operations and was the mastermind of the crime.
After robbing the office of $700 in cash and stamps, the two men decided to take Opal hostage. The white male forced Opal into her car, and they followed the other man as they drove out into the country. During the ride, the robber gave several hints as to his and the black man's location, suggesting that they lived in the local area, but Opal believed this to be untrue. As they drove, the nervous young man kept his gun next to Opal's rib and although the ride was just ten minutes, Opal felt it was the most frightening minutes of her life. Finally, the two cars pulled into a remote clearing near Goggan's Lake, three miles from town.
Her kidnappers then demanded Opal's ring and credit cards, then forced her in the trunk of her car. Opal then heard the black and white men arguing; the black male wanted to dump Opal and her car in the lake, but the white man convinced him to spare Opal's life, and they left. Opal waited until the men left and then tried to free herself. She used a tire iron and managed to spring the lock and escaped. Within an hour, she had provided police with a detailed description of the two men.
Then, the day after the robbery, the black male suspect was spotted in Ohio, possibly on his way to Detroit, Michigan. He was accompanied by an unidentified black female who would now be in her 40s. The female used Opal's credit cards to make purchases in Franklin and Toledo, Ohio. The white male suspect was described as 5'5", 130 pounds, has brown hair, green eyes, may have not been from the area or the south, and would now be in his late 30s or early 40s. The black male suspect was described as 6', slender build, long greasy black hair with heavy sideburns, had dark eyes, may have had family in the Epes area, may have previously worked in the mail service, and would now be in his late 40s or early 50s. A $25,000 reward is being offered in the case.
Extra Notes: This case first aired on the December 15, 1995 episode.
Results: Wanted. Sadly, Opal Johnson passed away in 2010. The assailants remain at large; although the statute of limitations has expired for the robbery, they are still wanted for kidnapping.