No One Home

$1 million later, a wealthy kidnap victim is still missing

Although he is one of Mississippi's leading businessmen and wealthiest citizens, Robert Hearin has moved quietly through his 71 years. The reclusive executive has amassed a fortune worth $200 million in oil and gas development as well as banking and insurance. To neighbors in the elegant Jackson suburb of Woodland Hills, "Big Bob" and his wife Annie were distant figures. But five weeks ago, Annie Hearin, 72, disappeared, the victim of a bizarre revenge.

The tale begins on July 26, when Annie Hearin gave a brunch at home for her bridge club. Sometime between 3 p.m., when the maid left, and...

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