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  1. #1
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    Mar 2006

    SC - Dale Hudson, 56, Conway, 13 Aug 2009

    Local author reported missing

    Friday, August 14, 2009 at 10:28 p.m.

    Horry County police are looking for a missing man from the Conway area.
    The wife of 56-year-old Dale Hudson told police her husband left to go out of town on a business trip around 8am Thursday.
    She said she then got a phone call a few hours later at 11am from him saying he was getting a migraine and was going to rest, and he would call her shortly and let her know where he was stopping.
    As of Friday morning, she still hadn't heard from him so she alerted police.
    Police have since found his car in a wooded area in Marion County with no sign of him.
    Hudson is the author of several true-crime books highlighting notorious murders, including the killing of Crystal Faye Todd in Conway in 1991.
    If you have any idea where Dale could be, you're asked to call Horry County Police at (843) 248 -1520.

    To catch a criminal, you must think like one. (Professor Hamre)

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    Jan 2008
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    [Dale Hudson] was reported missing Friday by his wife after she last spoke to him Wednesday morning, Kegler said. Hudson's wife told police that he left at 8 a.m. Wednesday to go out of town for a business trip and at 11 a.m. that day he called to say he was getting a migraine headache and was going to rest.

    She said Hudson told her he would call her shortly and let her know where he was stopping to rest, but he never called back...

  3. #3
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    Aug 2009
    Praying for Mr Hudson's safe return to his family.

    Defender of the defenseless

  4. #4
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    Mar 2006
    Fishermen find body in Marion County

    By Graeme Moore
    Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 10:40 a.m.

    A father and son fishing along the Great Pee Dee river found a body in the water around 8:00 p.m. Saturday, Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson said.
    Richardson said rescuers recovered the man's body about two miles from the Highway 76 bridge around 11:00 Saturday night, and it was then sent to MUSC in Charleston for an autopsy and identification.
    Richardson said it could be mid-afternoon Sunday before he can name a cause of death and identification.
    Richardson said the body was found near an abanoned vehicle belonging to Dale Hudson, a Conway man and true crimes author who was reported missing late last week. However, Richardson cannot confirm whether the body is that of Hudson's.
    Horry County police took a missing persons report from Hudson's wife on Friday. Mrs. Hudson told police she had not heard from her husband since Wednesday morning. According to the police report, Hudson left for a business trip around 8:00 a.m. Wednesday and called his wife a few hours later to tell her he was pulling off the road to rest because of a migraine.
    Hudson's unoccupied car was located Friday in a wooded area of Marion County, and the Horry County Police Department's Violent Crimes Section responded and initiated an investigation.
    More updates will be posted as they become available.

    To catch a criminal, you must think like one. (Professor Hamre)

  5. #5
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    Jan 2007
    South Texas
    Sadly, the body of Dale Hudson has been ID'd. They are waiting for toxicology reports. RIP Dale.

    Forever in my heart
    Riley Ann Sawyers aka "Baby Grace" &
    Jose Bernardo Martinez, aka "Beloved Doe" or "Amado Angelito"

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  6. #6
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    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods
    Rest in Peace Dale.
    "Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind." ~ Henry James

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    Jun 2009
    West Columbia, SC

    Body of SC author reported missing found in river
    Posted: Aug 16, 2009 6:47 PM EDT
    Updated: Aug 16, 2009 6:47 PM EDT

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - The body of a South Carolina author whose books profiled some of the state's most infamous murders has been found in a river.

    The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported Sunday that the body of 56-year-old Dale Hudson was found by two fishermen Saturday around 8:30 p.m. in the Pee Dee River two miles south of the U.S. 76 bridge. Hudson had been reported missing on Friday.

    Marion County Coroner Jerry Richardson said foul play has been ruled out in Hudson's death.

    Horry County Police Sgt. Robert Kegler said Hudson last spoke to his wife Wednesday morning. She said Hudson was leaving for a business trip, but called her to say he was getting a migraine headache and was going to rest. She didn't hear from him again.

    Among Hudson's books is "Dance of Death."
    God Grant me the serenity to accept those things which I cannot change, the strength to change those things which I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

    There comes a point in your life when you realize who matters, who never did, who won't anymore, and who always will. So don't worry about people from your past; there's a reason why they didn't make it to your future.

  8. #8
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    May 2009

    NC - Body of true crime author found


    Cause of death not yet known. If it is foul play, very ironic that he wrote about famous murders.

  9. #9
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    May 2009

    Hudson wasn't killed


    The Marion County coroner says Hudson wasn't killed, but isn't sure how he died.
    Hide Caption By Joel Allen
    Monday, August 17, 2009 at 5:39 p.m.

    Questions remain following the death of Dale Hudson, the Conway man who wrote true crime books about infamous South Carolina murders. Hudson's body was found floating in the Great Pee Dee River over the weekend.

    The Marion County coroner says Hudson wasn't killed, but isn't sure how he died.

    Dale Hudson's business was in assisted living facilities for the elderly, but his passion was writing about true crime. Now, Hudson's friends and family are left to speculate about his own untimely death.

    Years ago, Hudson became fascinated with the case of Crystal Faye Todd, the Conway teenager murdered by Ken Register in 1991. Hudson approached a friend, CCU psychology professor Billy Hills, to help him write a book about the case. Hills says Hudson was a crackerjack researcher. "He knew how to find information and he could really just go after it with a tenacity that's just truly remarkable."

    The result was "An Hour to Kill," a true crime book that Hills says still sells well today. The lead investigator in the Todd murder says Hudson interviewed him more than 30 times, and was a meticulous note taker. "He would ask the same question 4 or 5 different ways to make certain of his details prior to, I guess, writing his book," said former detective, Bill Knowles.

    Hudson went on to write more books, including "Dance of Death" about the murder of former stripper Renee Poole's husband. Hudson would sometimes suffer from painful migraine headaches and his wife told Hills about Hudson's way of dealing with them. "She said that he often would throw cold water on his face and that made him feel better," said Billy Hills.

    So after Hudson's body was found in a river, Hills speculates that maybe Hudson had stopped there to cool himself off and slipped in the water. "It might have just been a tragic accident," he said.

    Hills says he can't imagine his friend's death being a suicide, because Hudson was always upbeat and positive. Hills hopes the autopsy will help provide answers for Hudson's family. "If not, then maybe they'll always have some lingering doubt as to what happened."

    The Marion County Coroner is waiting for toxicology tests to come back on Hudson's body to see if they shed any light on how he died.

    Hudson and Hills were working on two more true crime books when Hudson died.

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