Lance Heflin, former govt producer of “America’s (*67*) Wanted,” died Nov. 15 after a short hospital keep, his consultant confirmed to Variety. He was 67.
Heflin’s work on “America’s (*67*) Wanted” led to the arrest of greater than 1,000 fugitives, together with 17 from the FBI’s Ten (*67*) Wanted Criminals checklist. During his 22 years as govt producer, the investigative collection additionally reunited over 30 kidnapped kids with their households. At the time of the show’s cancellation in 2012, it was the longest-running collection with 25 seasons, a document that has since been surpassed by “The Simpsons.”
Born and raised in Independence, Mo., Heflin — son of late Missouri Sen. Clarence Heflin — attended the University of Missouri School of Journalism, the place he discovered his love for tv because the managing editor of the college’s information station, KOMU.
Heflin spent his early profession in Miami, as a photographer at then WCKT (now WSVN), and an investigative producer at WPLG. His protection unpacked the failure of federal applications to enhance underserved neighborhoods in Miami and the smuggling of Haitian refugees.
The longtime journalist moved on to CBS News, the place he was a founding producer of the true crime collection, “48 Hours.” In 1989, he left the collection to govt produce “America’s (*67*) Wanted” at Fox. Heflin co-founded Straight Shooter Production in 1995 and created two reveals, “Manhunter” and “America’s (*67*) Wanted: Final Justice.”
After retiring from “America’s (*67*) Wanted,” Heflin labored on the Vint Hill Craft Winery in Virginia, a neighborhood vineyard his household constructed from scratch.
Heflin is survived by his spouse Jan Evans, sons Patrick and Walker, sister Linda Hobbs and brother Randy.
While there can be no in-person service this 12 months, his household created a Facebook page for household, buddies and colleagues to have a good time his profession. Memorial donations could be made in Heflin’s title to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.