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    LA - Joseph Edwards, 21, Vidalia, 12 Jul 1964

    Missing Since: July 12, 1964 from Vidalia, Concordia Parish, Louisiana
    Classification: Missing

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    Vital Statistics

    Date Of Birth: about 1939-1943
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 21 or 25 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: Unknown
    Distinguishing Characteristics: Black male.
    Marks, Scars: Possible burn scars on body from prior accident.
    DNA: Available
    AKA: JoeEd



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    Circumstances of Disappearance:

    Joseph "JoeEd" Edwards was last seen in Vidalia, LA on July 12, 1964.

    The mother of JoeEd Edwards reported him missing to the FBI in Natchez after her son's car was found a few days after his disappearance. The car was found on the street behind the old bowling alley on the Ferriday-Vidalia Highway.

    Bloodstains were found inside the car and Edwards' mother told the FBI that "the Klan" was responsible for her son's disappearance.

    Edwards was living with his grandparents in the Clayton area and was reported missing in Concordia Parish. He worked as a Shamrock Motel porter at the time.

    This is a possible civil rights case.


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    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office
    318-336-5231

    Source Information:
    The Doe Network http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3944dmla.html
    NamUs https://www.findthemissing.org/cases/4093/178/
    FACES Lab
    The Concordia Sentinel
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    I wonder specifically why his mom would say that the Klan was responsible for this? I mean, sure, it's a possibility, but I wouldn't think that she'd say that unless she had some specific reason as to why that might have been. Were there any previous incidents or run-ins with anyone that might have put JoeEd at risk? Too bad the given info doesn't expand on this....

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    Bumping for JoeEd!

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    Strange...why don't they know his exact date of birth, especially if his mother was the one who reported him missing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousThoughts View Post
    Strange...why don't they know his exact date of birth, especially if his mother was the one who reported him missing?
    Or even an approximation on height and weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousThoughts View Post
    Strange...why don't they know his exact date of birth, especially if his mother was the one who reported him missing?
    Because he was born in the Delta where for some, life in 1940 wasn't much different than in 1840.

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    Joseph's photo accompanies a compelling LSU Legacy Magazine article focusing on two cold case, 1960's hate crimes, and the newspaper editor who is determined to keep them alive.


    Photo by Photo courtesy of THE CONCORDIA SENTINEL
    Cold Case Files

    A photo of Joseph Edwards was taken a year before he was murdered in Vidalia, La. His case is one of several cold case murders that are currently being investigated by the FBI

    http://www.lsureveille.com/legacy/fe...a4bcf6878.html

    Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 4:00 pm | Updated: 10:27 am, Fri Sep 14, 2012.
    Xerxes Wilson, Staff writer
    Legacy Magazine
    Louisiana State University

    As racial reforms began spreading across the nation in the 1960s, Natchez, Vidalia and nearby Ferriday, La., remained unyielding bastions of oppression
    Federal investigators launched the [FBI Cold Case] initiative following the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act of 2007. Named after a young black teenager from Chicago killed while visiting family in Mississippi in 1955.
    Since then, the FBI has reopened 111 cases totalling 124 victims.
    Stanley Nelson:“I don’t know if I have anything more [than the FBI],” Nelson said. “But what I do have is a huge desire to try, to give up whatever it takes, to go down any road to get. It’s a matter of how important it is to you.”
    A 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Nelson tells Joseph Edwards' story in a series of articles in the Concordia Sentinel.

    Whatever Happened to Joseph Edwards? Was he a Silver Dollar Group Target?
    by Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, December 13th, 2007 @ 8:19 am

    Six months before Frank Morris was murdered in Ferriday in December 1964, a two-toned blue and beige 1958 Buick was found abandoned on Hwy. 84 between Ferriday and Vidalia.

    The owner of the vehicle was 21-year-old Joseph Edwards of Clayton. A co-worker was the last person to see Edwards alive. He hasn't been seen since.

    Edwards, known as "Joe-Ed" to his friends, and Morris, the 51-year-old shoe shop owner from Ferriday, may have drawn the ire of a group of Klansmen who often met at the Shamrock Motel cafe in Vidalia
    JoeEd Edwards, the Shamrock Motel Porter Missing Since July 1967
    Stanley Nelson posted Thursday, July 24th, 2008 @ 10:09 am

    "Bone Lady" returning to Clayton in search for JoeEd Edwards
    Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, March 26th, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    "Bone Lady returns to Clayton Tuesday in search for JoeEd Edwards
    Stanley Nelson posted Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 @ 8:06 am

    **"Bone Lady" is LSU forensic anthropologist, Mary Manheim.
    "I can not stand for a case to be unsolved," said Manhein. "I can not bear it. We have remains at our lab that don't have names but somewhere there are families who would like to bring these remains home.
    For more than 25 years, Manhein has dedicated her life to forensic anthropology and to "sending these remains home. I am tenacious and determined to find an answer."
    No human remains found during "Bone Lady"'s search in Clayton
    Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, April 30th, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    A drowning, a kiss triggered JoeEd Edward's murder
    by Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, May 6th, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    Man pinpoints site for 1967 search for Joseph Edwards' body in Concordia
    by Stanley Nelson - posted Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    There is so much more about Joseph and other civil rights era cold case files in this WSer's jackpot at the Concordia Sentinel :

    http://www.concordiasentinel.com/news.php?category=9

    ETA: http://identifyla.lsu.edu/profile.php?id=158
    Last edited by bessie; 04-14-2013 at 07:39 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bessie View Post
    Because he was born in the Delta where for some, life in 1940 wasn't much different than in 1840.

    __________________________________________________ _______________________________________________

    Joseph's photo accompanies a compelling LSU Legacy Magazine article focusing on two cold case, 1960's hate crimes, and the newspaper editor who is determined to keep them alive.


    Photo by Photo courtesy of THE CONCORDIA SENTINEL
    Cold Case Files

    A photo of Joseph Edwards was taken a year before he was murdered in Vidalia, La. His case is one of several cold case murders that are currently being investigated by the FBI

    http://www.lsureveille.com/legacy/fe...a4bcf6878.html

    A 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Nelson tells Joseph Edwards' story in a series of articles in the Concordia Sentinel.

    Whatever Happened to Joseph Edwards? Was he a Silver Dollar Group Target?
    by Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, December 13th, 2007 @ 8:19 am

    JoeEd Edwards, the Shamrock Motel Porter Missing Since July 1967
    Stanley Nelson posted Thursday, July 24th, 2008 @ 10:09 am

    "Bone Lady" returning to Clayton in search for JoeEd Edwards
    Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, March 26th, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    "Bone Lady returns to Clayton Tuesday in search for JoeEd Edwards
    Stanley Nelson posted Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 @ 8:06 am

    **"Bone Lady" is LSU forensic anthropologist, Mary Manheim.
    No human remains found during "Bone Lady"'s search in Clayton
    Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, April 30th, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    A drowning, a kiss triggered JoeEd Edward's murder
    by Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, May 6th, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    Man pinpoints site for 1967 search for Joseph Edwards' body in Concordia
    by Stanley Nelson - posted Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    There is so much more about Joseph and other civil rights era cold case files in this WSer's jackpot at the Concordia Sentinel :

    http://www.concordiasentinel.com/news.php?category=9

    ETA: http://identifyla.lsu.edu/profile.php?id=158
    Wow, was this crazy-ironic timing or did you see my post in another thread? I recently recommended this author for True Crime Radio because it's literally the best coverage I've ever seen on an MP cold case (and I read plenty of MP articles)... he just doesn't let up and he isn't afraid to challenge LE. I got lost in these articles about this whole fiasco for a good few hours.

    My favorite article (Also by Stanley Nelson)

    Cold case witnesses, retired agents ignored by FBI in Edwards' probe
    http://www.concordiasentinel.com/news.php?id=6830

    We need more journalists like this!

    Bessie, you outlined it a lot better than I did, thank you for bringing attention to this case!
    Last edited by Odyssey; 04-16-2013 at 03:53 AM.

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    You get all the credit, Odyssey. I was somewhat familiar with the cases, but somehow overlooked this thread for JoeEd right her on WS. Nelson's series of articles in the Sentinel is amazing. Such impressive research and dedication! I can't read fast enough.
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    The same reporter continues his coverage of JoeEd's case with this article.
    Cold Case: Who killed Joseph Edwards? DOJ names suspects; closes 1964 case
    Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:49 am | Updated: 3:36 pm, Fri Feb 14, 2014.
    The U.S. Department of Justice has closed its investigation into the 1964 murder of 25-year-old Vidalia Shamrock Motel porter Joseph “Joe-Ed” Edwards, who vanished on a July night in Concordia Parish 49 years ago.
    In a “closure” letter to Edwards’ sister, Julia Dobbins of Bridge City, La., the Justice Department said a new investigation by the FBI determined there were seven “most likely suspects,” each originally investigated by the FBI during its 1967-68 probe.
    “Ultimately,” wrote Paige Fitzgerald, a Justice Department attorney who serves as Deputy Chief in Charge of the Cold Case Initiative, “the exhaustive investigation and review did not definitely determine what happened to your brother.”
    JoeEd has been missing for 50 years today.

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