Arthur Gerald Jones exited his house in Highland Park, Illinois, in the spring of 1979. He told his family that he had a job to do, but Jones never came back to his wife and three kids. As a result, they had him declared legally dead in 1986. But there’d be one last twist in his story when cops fielded a call about a fake ID a quarter-century later.
Joanne Esplin and Arthur Gerald Jones both spent their childhoods in Highwood, Illinois, but they didn’t meet until he got a job in her dad’s shop. What started as puppy love blossomed into the real thing – by 1979, the pair had been married for close to two decades.
Jones went on to manage Esplin’s father’s store before becoming a broker at the Board of Trade in the mid-1970s. His wife told the Chicago Tribune in 1979, “Art was quick with numbers. He bought his seat on the board three years ago, and I thought he was very successful.” The pair had a seemingly picture-perfect home life, too.