IN IN - Frank Tucker, 58, Warsaw, 28 Jan 1927

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    Frank Tucker
    Missing since January 28, 1927 from Warsaw, Kosciusko County, Indiana
    Classification: Missing




    Vital Statistics
    • Date Of Birth: about 1869
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 58 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8".
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Thinning gray hair; blue eyes. Medium build.


    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Tucker was last seen in Warsaw, Indiana on January 28, 1927.
    It is suspected that the 58-year-old clerk at Breading's Cigar store met with foul play on his way home from work that night. His habit of carrying a large sum of money with him at all times gives cause for suspicion. When Tucker disappeared it was thought that he had $4,000 worth of cash and checks on him.
    After Tucker's disappearance law enforcing officers were able to get two confessions from men who said they were implicated in the murder of Tucker. Officers obtained the confession of four men for conspiring to rob Tucker prior to January, 1927. No conviction was ever obtained nor was a body ever found. One man was tried for murder, but the trial resulted in a hung-jury. A second trial brought forth a verdict of not guilty, and the accused was set free.
    He was last seen by Charles Armington on that wet and slippery Friday night. Armington had been down to the depot to mail a letter. Coming up Lake street, he saw Tucker in the middle of the street, turning up lake from Center street. They talked briefly, Arminton walking on the sidewalk and Tucker in the street. At the Christian church corner, Armington went to his parents' home where he and his wife were visiting. Tucker walked on up Lake street to oblivion.
    Tucker did not turn up for work on Saturday morning. Bob Breading thought this rather odd. Tucker was always prompt. When Frank didn't show up by 9:30 a. m. two men went to his house to see what was wrong. They found his bedroom undisturbed and his bed untouched. He apparently had not been home at all. A check of the neighborhood revealed that the neighbors did not remember seeing Frank come home. He had left Breading's about 8:30 p. m. Armington had seen him before 9 p. m.
    A few days later a cap with blood spots was found in an alley off East Main street. Frank Tucker's twin brother, Fred, who worked at Phillipson's, identified it as Frank's cap. A private detective was hired by Tucker's estate to find clues. A posse searched the rivers and lakes area meticulously for Tucker but still no evidence was turned up.
    Rumors through the years reported Tucker's being in Cuba, Canada and out west, but none of these have been verified. Tucker had told a friend that he could disappear from Warsaw and no one would know where he was. It is possible that Tucker did just that. He had plenty of time to go from Pike street to the Pennsylvania railroad station, watch to see if anyone was on the platform, climb on the late train and leave Warsaw.
    Tucker has never been located.
     
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  3. Angels_Not_Forgotten

    Angels_Not_Forgotten Anxiously Awaiting a WINNING NFL Season!

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    wow what an interesting case!! ill have to see if i can find out anything on the case, like, how long had it been since he made the remark that he could dissapear before he acctually did?
     
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    Frank Tucker
    Missing since January 28, 1927 from Warsaw, Kosciusko County, Indiana
    Classification: Missing
    Vital Statistics
    Date Of Birth: about 1869
    Age at Time of Disappearance: 58 years old
    Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8".
    Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Thinning gray hair; blue eyes. Medium build.

    Circumstances of Disappearance

    Tucker was last seen in Warsaw, Indiana on January 28, 1927.

    It is suspected that the 58-year-old clerk at Breading's Cigar store met with foul play on his way home from work that night. His habit of carrying a large sum of money with him at all times gives cause for suspicion. When Tucker disappeared it was thought that he had $4,000 worth of cash and checks on him.
    After Tucker's disappearance law enforcing officers were able to get two confessions from men who said they were implicated in the murder of Tucker. Officers obtained the confession of four men for conspiring to rob Tucker prior to January, 1927. No conviction was ever obtained nor was a body ever found. One man was tried for murder, but the trial resulted in a hung-jury. A second trial brought forth a verdict of not guilty, and the accused was set free.

    He was last seen by Charles Armington on that wet and slippery Friday night. Armington had been down to the depot to mail a letter. Coming up Lake street, he saw Tucker in the middle of the street, turning up lake from Center street. They talked briefly, Arminton walking on the sidewalk and Tucker in the street. At the Christian church corner, Armington went to his parents' home where he and his wife were visiting. Tucker walked on up Lake street to oblivion.

    Tucker did not turn up for work on Saturday morning. Bob Breading thought this rather odd. Tucker was always prompt. When Frank didn't show up by 9:30 a. m. two men went to his house to see what was wrong. They found his bedroom undisturbed and his bed untouched. He apparently had not been home at all. A check of the neighborhood revealed that the neighbors did not remember seeing Frank come home. He had left Breading's about 8:30 p. m. Armington had seen him before 9 pm.

    A few days later a cap with blood spots was found in an alley off East Main street. Frank Tucker's twin brother, Fred, who worked at Phillipson's, identified it as Frank's cap. A private detective was hired by Tucker's estate to find clues. A posse searched the rivers and lakes area meticulously for Tucker but still no evidence was turned up.

    Rumors through the years reported Tucker's being in Cuba, Canada and out west, but none of these have been verified. Tucker had told a friend that he could disappear from Warsaw and no one would know where he was. It is possible that Tucker did just that. He had plenty of time to go from Pike street to the Pennsylvania railroad station, watch to see if anyone was on the platform, climb on the late train and leave Warsaw.

    Tucker has never been located.

    Investigators
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Warsaw Police Department 574-372-9515

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

    Source Information:
    YesterYear in Print
    The Doe Network: Case File 1881DMIN

    LINK:
    http://www.doenetwork.us/cases/1881dmin.html
     
  5. Masterj

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    Wow. $4000 back then was a whole lot of money. Not that it isn't now, but you know what I mean.
     
  6. KarlK

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    Yes indeed, about $42,000 in today's currency.
     
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    Kat Kind words do not cost much

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