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    KY - George Hawkins, 46, Newport, 3 April 1961

    45 Years Ago:

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    George Hawkins
    Missing since April 3, 1961 from Newport, Campbell County, Kentucky.
    Classification: Endangered Missing
    Vital Statistics
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 46 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8"; 190 lbs.
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. He wore dark-rimmed glasses.
    Marks, Scars: Had a childhood injury/illness that left him with one leg an inch shorter than the other. He wore one built-up shoe to compensate for the difference in the length of his leg bones.
    Clothing: Dark blue trousers, with red-and-black flannel shirt under a dark blue jacket with yellow lining and a blue-gray hat.
    Jewelry: Yellow-gold masonic ring with emblem, and yellow-gold watch with leather band.
    Dentals: Full upper and lower dentures.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    George Hawkins was last seen on April 3, 1961 in Newport, Kentucky, though he was a resident of Persimmon Grove, Ky, in southern Campbell County. Hawkins was a Kentucky peace officer.

    Hawkins, On the morning he disappeared, fixed his oldest daughter breakfast before seeing her off to work. He hugged his wife and his youngest daughter, and left in his tan two-tone 1959 Plymouth station wagon.

    Hawkins called home around 1 p.m., telling his family that he stopped by his attorney's office but was on his way home. Nothing in his voice suggested any problems. The two had met about Hawkins' upcoming Internal Revenue Service tax audit. As far as Hawkins family knows, the attorney was the last man to see George Hawkins.

    On April 7, Dayton police found Hawkins' station wagon parked at the river's edge with a half-tank of gas and the key still in the ignition. The only thing found inside the car was muddy water. The car appeared to have been rinsed out with the muddy water and wiped down with a muddy rag.

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    Source Information:
    The Cincinnati Post
    The Doe Network: Case File 1261DMKY

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    http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1261dmky.html
    Last edited by SheWhoMustNotBeNamed; 05-01-2010 at 03:01 PM. Reason: updated doe network link

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    Now 46 years gone by...

    Another year has passed with no resolution of this case. No replies to the post either. Bumping up for your consideration...

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    I don't know anything about this case other than what you posted, but find it intriguing. Of course, I have a couple of questions that I'll try to find the answer to if possible.

    1. The car was found with half a tank of gas. Was the tank full when he left home on April 3rd?

    2. How far was the river from the attorney's office he visited that afternoon?

    3. Muddy water was found in the car. Had it rained between the time when Mr. Hawkins was last seen and when his car was found?

    4. He was a Kentucky peace officer. What type of cases did he work?

    I'm sure I'll have more questions as I go along, and will post and and all answers here.

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    Newport is a fairly small town that suburbs Cincinnati (smaller than Covington and to the EAST).

    1. By driving up I-75, it would be possible for someone to drive to Dayton, OH on a half tank of gas if it was full when you started. (However, it doesn't say Dayton, OH and Dayton, KY is just about 5 miles away from Newport.)

    2. It has been a while since I was in Newport, but the business district is close to the river, while residential areas are further away.

    3. I don't know how many have been to the Ohio or the Carrollton River in Dayton, but both are usually pretty muddy this time of year from upturns in the bottom and we usually have pretty crazy weather this time of year.

    4. At the time, a "peace officer" was a term used for just about all of the police officers and constables that we have today. Chances are he worked all kinds of cases as they came along, as we usually don't have divisions for anything other than murder usually. That is not much different today (not anything like Law and Order around here).

    Hope this helps answer some questions. I too think it had something to do with a case he was working or he upset someone that had some influence in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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    Kygal, thanks for the info.

    I wonder how stressed out this man might have been over an IRS audit? Would he have preferred to vanish rather than face financial problems due to taxes? Probably not, but I suppose it's possible.

    Another thought - in the news today is a story about a missing banker from Wisconsin who may possibly have developed amnesia from falling on ice while walking his dog a couple of days before his disappearance. No body has been found, and his wife, co-workers, and former co-workers all reported (after the fact) that this man had been acting strangely. He couldn't remember what day it is, failed to recognize a co-worker, and asked for directions to his health club of 20+ years.

    It makes me wonder if something similar might have happened in this case.

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    If he had amnesia, then why wipe out the car with a muddy rag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kygal View Post
    4. At the time, a "peace officer" was a term used for just about all of the police officers and constables that we have today.
    It says he was a "Kentucky peace officer". In my state this expression (name of the state followed by "peace officer") loosely applies to any law enforcement officer employed by the state as opposed to police officers and deputies employed by municipalities and counties. Here a peace officer can be anyone from state trooper to highway patrolman to state park ranger. Is it the same for Kentucky? Knowing the general nature of his duties would be useful.
    Last edited by KarlK; 04-08-2007 at 10:52 PM. Reason: Redundant remark on my part, should've read the whole thread prior to posting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marilynilpa View Post
    Kygal, thanks for the info.

    I wonder how stressed out this man might have been over an IRS audit?
    Stressed enough to lawyer up, not a good sign. Maybe that's the reason why the authorities suspected mob involvement?

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    thinking out loud

    I am not sure what years but there was a time when the main tool for going after organized crime was the use of tax laws. If this was the reason for his audit I could see the "mob" theory seeming possible but otherwise it coud just be he got scared and took off rather than face the tax situation.

    Perhaps he was afraid it would turn up proof of him taking some bribes that he might have taken on his own without being part of anything organized.

    I wonder what the audit did in fact turn up or if his disappearing stopped the process (I haven't read up on the details of the case yet.)


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    There are some interesting things on the Charley Project and Doe pages that are not listed here. A couple of which are telling.

    First, he had one leg shorter than the other and compensated with a built up shoe. If a body were found in one of the rivers (muddy water?) that would be easily noticed. It would also mean that he would not have been able to pass the physical tests of most things other then perhaps court officers (bailiffs), deputy sheriff (which is appointed by the Sheriff here) and constable (elected officials paid by the Commonwealth -- and ironically the only ones able to arrest a Sheriff or his employees by law here).

    Second, he was running a small general store where he lived. This could be why he was lawyered up for his audit. It could also be that he was doing something he shouldn't have on the business side and not the law enforcement side.

    BTW, I looked closer at the Dayton thing I stated earlier. It must have been Dayton, OH because the town of Dayton, KY is not at the River's edge. The Miami River runs through Dayton and is usually pretty muddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kygal View Post
    There are some interesting things on the Charley Project and Doe pages that are not listed here. A couple of which are telling.
    Indeed. After reading the info on the Charley Project I'd say the chances he vanished voluntarily are just as good as those of him being hit by the mob. If I had both the IRS and organized crime after me I'd be looking for a drastic way out too. I can't help but think the abandoned car scene has an amateurish staged feel about it. Organized criminals would likely have disposed of the vehicle in a different fashion such as pushing it into the water to conceal it for a while or setting it on fire to destroy evidence. It's not unreasonable to think he left his car undamaged so that it could be returned to his wife or daughter.

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    If Hawkins did disappear voluntarily, probably no one will find him by this point. He'd be, in all likelihood, dead of natural causes by now, and buried under some alias name in a faraway cemetery.

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    I did find a Doe in CA that I had considered briefly, but there was an issue with the dentals. George had full dentures, the JD had only 10 teeth removed. But everything else matched.
    Here, I'll post it maybe there was a typo.

    John Doe, 40-60 year old, found in Humboldt County, California on 5-4-1968, estimated to have been dead about 4 years. He was between 5'4 and 5'9, with brown hair and unknown eye color.
    His left leg was shorter than his right, he had an old injury to his left cheekbone and twisted or deformed vertebrae.
    he was wearing grey pants, a green shirt, brown lace up boots and an elastic belt with a lion buckle. he was in a shallow grave at the side of Highway 299.

    Until I realized the dentals were off, I did think it was a possibility. George might have had a mob connection and there were all the potential injuries (since I don't know why he had the massive physical deformities) and burial in a shallow grave.
    Here's the Doe network link: http://doenetwork.org/hot/hotcase412.html

    It's not a good possibility, but it's the best I've got.
    Last edited by not_my_kids; 09-23-2009 at 05:22 PM.
    JMO. Unless there's a link, I can't prove it.

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    As far as the 'peace officer' thing, we're talking about 1961, right? If our missing man was both a peace officer and a store proprietor, I am thinking the peace officer thing was only a side job more like a town marshal than a full-time state patrolman. The 'Kentucky' description could just be there to indicate location rather than state leo organization.

    Add to that the fact the guy had leg issues (probably polio) and I think you can see what I mean.

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