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  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
    Penn's woods

    KS - Karol Sullens, 18, Galena, 31 Aug 1991

    The Doe Network:
    Case File 291DFKS


    Karol Marlene Sullens
    Missing since August 31, 1991 from Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas.
    Classification: Endangered Missing


    Vital Statistics
    •Date Of Birth: December 23, 1972
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 18 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'3; 100 pounds
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: White female. Blonde hair; green eyes.
    •Marks, Scars: Pierced ears, appendectomy surgical scar.
    •Clothing: Long green shirt like dress.
    •Medical Conditions: Sullens has an pelvic inflammatory disease which scars the bones in her pelvic region.


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Sullens was last seen at the "Valley Of The Dolls" nightclub on 7th Street in Galena, Kansas on August 31, 1991. She went outside to speak to two men in a dark-colored pickup truck with a camper shell. She was working as an exotic dancer in 1991. Sullens has never been seen nor heard from again.
    Authorities have said they believe Sullens died of a drug over dose and that her body was hidden by the person or people who supplied her with the drugs. Despite repeated searches along area water ways in abandoned mine shafts and in wooded areas in Kansas and Oklahoma her body has never been found.
    Donald D. Kidwell was was charged with second-degree murder in Sullens’ death in June 2001. The warrant used to arrest Kidwell alleges that he was responsible for Sullens’ death“unintentionally but recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.” Kidwell pleaded guilty to battery and obstruction of official duty in a plea agreement and received a sentence of 18 months in the Cherokee County Jail and a $1,500 fine for his involvement in her disappearance although he stated he did not sexually assault Sullens and did not intend to cause her death.
    According to the agreement Kidwell must make a full statement as to what he recollects about the events surrounding Sullens' apparent death. He is also to make a statement, to the best of his recollection, about where her remains might be.


    If you have any information concerning Sullens' whereabouts, please contact:
    Cherokee County Sheriff's Department
    Kansas Bureau Of Investigation
    All information may be submitted on an anonymous basis.

    NCIC Number: M-514166127
    Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Source Information:
    The Joplin Globe
    The Morning Sun (Pittsburg, KS) 5/1/02

    More details at Charley Project.

    Book paragraph about Karol.

    NamUs profile:
    Dental: NA
    DNA: intial inquiry underway
    Fingerprints: NA

    NamUs case report snipped:
    Circumstances Unknown. Carol was last known to have gone outside the Valley of the Dolls Exotic Nightclub in the vicinity of 7th St. in Galena, KS to talk with an unknown male individual. She was last seen standing beside his truck
    Karol has been missing almost 19 years. Come home soon.
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  2. #2
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    Oct 2014

    Wednesday marks 25 years since her disappearance and in the past quarter-century, Sullens' body has not been recovered and no one has been formally charged with her murder, leaving lots of questions for her family...

    [Sullens' mother, Sandra] Casada describes the last 25 years as "mostly a nightmare". Due to Sullens' body never being recovered, her family has no formal grave site for her. They've made a makeshift one on the back of a wooden sign near the area Sullens was last seen alive.

    "Give us some rest on this, give us some peace. You know, everybody deserves to have a resting place," Casada said....

    Search efforts took place across the county to find Sullens but to no avail. Sheriff David Groves said Sullens' DNA and dental records were entered into several national databases.

    "Anytime anyone is located who matches that 18-yr-old female, Caucasian female criteria, they're able to go from that system and compare what they've located to what we're looking for and see if it's a match. There's been a couple instances where initially we thought there might be a match and then upon further examination and testing we've realized that it's not," Groves said.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Curiously, this case made it into a poem not long after it first appeared in the headlines.

    Swimming Pool I

    In the blue vacancy of the pool
    A yellow leaf floats silently.
    I watch it. It gives of Autumn.
    I think of Galena's missing stripper
    Now sunk in some area mine shaft,
    And the thought passes quickly, easily.
    The pool filter hums a numbing nothing.
    Far off to the north I hear thunder.
    It's moving away from us, no rain.
    What did God think when He created us?
    Was the Earth a blue vacant swimming pool,
    A numbing, songless, filtered hum?
    See it in yourself, face it:
    We're all missing strippers, lost and alone.

    Nothing gives a damn.

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