Sources: 2018 documentary interview with Sheriff Wriggelsworth, 2019 interview with Deputy Chief Gonzalez, State News & Jackson Citizen Patriot articles, original face sheets from the Armed Robbery & Missing Person reports.
March 3 – Henry gets robbed.
March 13 – Henry reports the robbery, names Roy Davis, identified him in 6-pack lineup.
Within a month – Roy charged with armed robbery and arrested in Flint.
Roy interviewed while in custody.
- Roy said “he had met Henry a couple of weeks ago before the armed robbery and he was actually in the parking lot when two guys that he wouldn't name actually did the armed robbery… He did not take a polygraph. And in that interview he said he had never returned to East Lansing after that robbery.” – Sheriff Wriggelsworth
Roy was given a bond and was released.
Roy stops by Henry’s apartment and makes threats, multiple times.
Early May – Preliminary hearing at East Lansing’s 54th District Court - Henry doesn’t show up, bench warrant issued for his arrest & Henry fined $50.
May 24 – Rescheduled preliminary hearing.
May 30 – Henry was last seen, suspected disappearance.
June 1 – Scheduled circuit court arraignment.
June 5 – teletype message distributed by East Lansing police to state police agencies “The circumstances surrounding his disappearance are suspicious and foul play is suspected.”
August – East Lansing police quoted in the Jackson Citizen Patriot as having “completely run out of clues and information.”
Late August – Davis fails to appear at his trial. Held in Ingham County Jail, without bond, until new date was set.
Later in the fall – Davis pleads to a lesser charge and was sentenced to six months in the Ingham County Jail.
Serial Killer Donald Miller commits four rape-murders and is finally sentenced in 1979. Detective Jim Kelly, who worked Henry’s case, also worked this case.
(Sheriff Wriggelsworth believes at this time Detective Kelly may have put Henry’s case on the shelf to solve the Miller murders. Henry’s case stayed on the shelf until 2008.)
East Lansing Deputy Chief Steve Gonzalez (ELPD detective at the time) collected DNA samples from Lural, Lonnie, Henry’s mother Doris. (Henry’s father had passed away by this time, his mother passed shortly after) The samples are now part of an FBI national missing persons database.
Gonzalez also mentioned this when we spoke to him in 2019:
“within the department in our Detective Bureau, it's very well known. We still have the case files sitting on the shelves in our detective bureau. There's multiple binders with Henry's name on it and the 1973 case report number on it. You know, it's one of those cases that holds some mystique with our department. We've got history fixtures throughout the department and if you walk through and take a look, you'll find newspaper snippets and those types of things that are framed and hung on the walls of this case from the years past.”
Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth (lieutenant in the detective bureau at the time) picks up the case, hoping a fresh look will find new answers. Gets permission from the Baltimore family.
Wriggelsworth contacts Lansing WLNS News anchor Sheri Jones to do a story in Lansing, another story done in Flint as well.
Flint Crimestoppers Press Conference – joint effort including Flint police chief, several members of MSU PD, the sheriff’s office (unsure if Ingham or Genesee county), East Lansing PD, Lonnie Baltimore, Lural Baltimore, Tony Baltimore.
No tips came from the press conference or stories.
Wriggelsworth is able to contact the witnesses who lived across the hall from Henry, they live in Grand Rapids and are married now. Interview didn’t provide any new information. They didn’t remember much.
Wriggelsworth tracks down cousin James Baltimore in Flint (or Ypsilanti – he said both in our 2018 interview), interviewed him.
“said he doesn't know anything about it, didn't participate in it, didn't get involved in even looking for Henry when he went missing because James was living in Flint and didn't want to get involved in trying to track down who was responsible for Henry's disappearance because then that would have put him in peril.” – Sheriff Wriggelsworth
Wriggelsworth tracks down all three of Henry’s roommates. George Heath, Paul Lott, Tony Ransom. Information from them filled in some gaps from the original report.
Wriggelsworth was never able to physically find Roy Davis.
“He lived somewhat of a nomadic life and I could never pin him down. I didn't have a huge pocket of money to work this case so a lot of the stuff I had to stay in state to do.”
Wriggelsworth looked into unidentified bodies at some morgues but nothing dated back to records in the 70’s (Websleuths online forum primarily run by user "Richard" looks at UID’s for Henry fairly often).
Wriggelsworth met with the prosecutor’s office and tried to encourage them to look at the case and see if they could charge it without a body. They decided not to do that.
Wriggelsworth elected Sheriff of Ingham County, and in 2018 he told us this:
“Unfortunately since I got elected sheriff I've been drinking out of a fire hose trying to learn how to run this place so I haven't had any time to work Henry's case in here but we do have two case files back there and my hope is that when things calm down for East Lansing and Ingham county some day we can co-team and work this case and see if we can get some answers.”
Student documentary film 'What Happened to Henry?' premieres at Michigan State University, featuring interviews from Lural Baltimore, Lonnie Baltimore, Tony Baltimore, George Heath, Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth, and Deputy Chief Steve Gonzalez.