Lance Heflin, known for executive producing the reality television series America’s Most Wanted, died on Nov. 15. He was 67.
His wife of forty years, Jan Evans, confirmed his death on Facebook along with their sons Patrick and Walker. Evans did not state the cause of death, but noted that it was not related to COVID-19.
“Lance was special to each of us in his own way, bringing joy and laughter to our lives,” wrote Evans. “All of you have different connections to Lance – from high school, to college, to his professional life in broadcast journalism and Executive Producer for America’s Most Wanted for 20 years, to his most recent life as an owner of a café and winery. His work ethic and ability to remain calm in the most difficult situations were his hallmark, but to his family, he was the person who helped ground us.”
Heflin began executive producing America’s Most Wanted: America Fights Back in 1989 and remained on the show until 2011. Heflin’s additional credits include the TV movies If Looks Could Kill and children’s program Smart Kids, the latter of which he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy in 1995. Heflin also produced the true crime series 48 Hours.
In lieu of flowers, Evans shared that memorial donations may be made in Heflin’s name to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children; an organization that was important to him. She also created a Facebook group for friends and family of Heflin to share stories and photos of the late producer.
There will be a celebration of Heflin’s life in 2021, COVID-19 guidelines permitting.