Paul Leonard Baker

Missing since 1987.

Paul Leonard Baker

On 03-05-1987, Paul Baker (3-years-old) was reported missing from his Shell Point residence by his step-mother, Susan Baker. She reported while she was taking a nap, Paul Baker must have walked out of the residence.

It was disclosed she was under the influence of alcohol and drugs at the time of his disappearance. Baker’s story was highly suspicious and through investigation it was learned Paul Baker and his 6-year-old sister were physically abused by her on a regular basis. Ultimately, Susan Baker was charged with the assaults on Baker’s 6-year-old sister and convicted.

There have been reports on the whereabouts of Paul Baker over the years, but none have revealed his remains. Susan Baker and James Baker, the biological father of Paul Baker, eventually moved to Chipley, Florida, where in 2000 a cold case investigation led to charges on both Susan and James Baker regarding their neglect in the disappearance of Paul Baker. They were extradited to Beaufort County, where the charges were ultimately dismissed. Upon release, they went back to Chipley.

In 2009, a 7-month-old infant was abducted and Susan Baker was again named as the suspect. The infant was found alive and well five days later, having been hidden in a box under a bed by Susan Baker. She was charged in connection with the infant’s abduction.

She remains the person of interest in the disappearance of Paul Baker.

His DNA is stored in the National Missing Persons DNA database.


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