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KY KY - Edward Leroy Nichols, 22, Union, 3 Dec 1974

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  1. Gardener1850

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    Last seen alive: December 03, 1974

    Circumstances: Edward Nichols disappeared on 12-3-74 while hunting with friend. The 2 separated and Nichols was not seen or heard from since.

    First Name: Edward Leroy
    Middle Name: Leroy
    Last Name: Nichols
    [h=3]Details[/h] Age When Last Known Alive: 22
    Race: White
    Sex: Male
    Height: 72.0
    Weight: 160.0
    [h=3]Location[/h] City: Union
    State: Kentucky
    County: Boone
    [h=3]Appearance[/h] Hair: Brown
    Head Hair: bushy hair
    Eye: Brown
    [h=3]Clothing and Accessories[/h] Clothing: blue jeans
    army fatigue jacket
    white socks

    http://www.missingin.org/reg5210/edward_leroy_nichols.htm

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/9714/

    Please help find a photo of Edward and more info
     
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  3. folieadeuxnola

    folieadeuxnola Miami-Dade Jane Doe - 1979

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    The Advocate Messenger - 11 Dec 1974

    Boone County police believe a hunter missing for a week does not want to be found. Stamper called off the search Tuesday saying Nichols saw searchers and could have contacted them if he wanted to. The search was canceled last Thur when two hunters reported seeing a man they later identified through photos as Nichols. He fled from them but lost a pair of socks. David Sties who first reported Nichols missing said the socks were the type worn by Nichols when he disappeared near the Boone Gallatin county line.
     
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    4SAM Kentucky - Texas - Kansas - Missouri

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    If he ran off when seeing them, he may have been having some sort of breakdown or was it really cold during that time and he was confused?
     
  5. folieadeuxnola

    folieadeuxnola Miami-Dade Jane Doe - 1979

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    It is a strange case, it is presumed he was attacked by wild hogs all thou their has been no trace of him only the sighting and the socks. His friends that were with him were submitted to a lie detector test and passed. The group were hunting on private property it was also mentioned he was in fear of being arrested for deer poaching.

    You can read the articles all on the link that Coffee56 posted found a couple more however their all around the same information.

    Needless to say ..... its a strange case
     
  6. Gardener1850

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    This is bizarre. Why/how would he lose only his socks while fleeing searchers? Had he removed his socks for some reason and simply dropped them when he ran? Does this mean he was barefoot when he ran away or wearing shoes/boots without socks?
    And why would the police come to the conclusion he didn't want to be found rather than thinking there was something wrong if he is fleeing from people and losing his socks in the process? What a shame they canceled the search. He may have been mentally ill, delusional from dehydration, or perhaps hiding from someone who threatened his life. JMO.
     
  7. folieadeuxnola

    folieadeuxnola Miami-Dade Jane Doe - 1979

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    Gardener I was thinking the same thing the search did resume his mother pushed it up to the State Police all thou they never did find him. there is more information in articles per the link that Coffee56 posted. Found plenty of Nichols in yearbooks however not a pic of Edward thus far
     
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    Attempting to copy some additional articles over here:

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    Boone County has been previously suspected as "good ol'boys" and was alleged to have been covering up evidence. There have been so many different explanations of what has happened in those words between"friends" but my family has still form no closure. Feds have opened the case a couple times but it keeps getting turned back over to Boone county. I was born in 79, so I did not meet him, but the missing mad Ed Nichols is my mother's brother. I can possibly add photos somewhere? There's also a Facebook page about his disappearance.
     
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    Technically some of the tests results were"inconclusive."
     
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    Detectives, family of Boone County man search for information in cold case 45 years later

    FLORENCE, Ky. (WKRC) - It’s been nearly five decades since Ed Nichols disappeared in the Boone County woods. The case has gone cold over the years but now there’s a renewed hope that detectives will be able solve the mystery of his suspected murder.

    Nichols was 22-years-old on Dec. 3rd 1974 when he set off from his parents’ Florence home on a hunting trip with a friend. Detectives with the Cold Case/Homicide Unit at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the case and following up on new information while Nichols’ family is pleading for tips.
     
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    Edward Leroy Nichols – The Charley Project

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    • Missing Since 12/03/1974
    • Missing From Gallatin County, Kentucky
    • Classification Endangered Missing
    • Sex Male
    • Race White
    • Age 22 years old
    • Height and Weight 6'0, 160 pounds
    • Clothing/Jewelry Description An Army fatigue jacket, blue jeans and white socks.
    • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Nichols's nicknames are Ed and Eddie. He had a beard at the time of his disappearance.
    Details of Disappearance
    Nichols was last seen on December 3, 1974. At 9:00 a.m., he left his parents' home in Florence, Kentucky to go deer hunting with a friend, David Stites. They stopped at a store so Nichols could buy some hunting socks, then went to Shady Nook Bottoms, off Southfork Road, about ten miles west of Union, Kentucky.

    According to Stites, when he and Nichols arrived at the place where they planned to hunt and got out of the car, they went off in different directions. They were supposed to meet again at the car at 3:00 p.m. Stites said he last saw him in the woods near the Gallatin County, Kentucky line. When he went back to the car at the agreed-upon time, Nichols wasn't there. Stites waited for him for four hours before calling police.

    Stites was subsequently fined $114 for hunting deer out of season, and Nichols would have faced similar charges had he reappeared. Nichols was on probation for a drug charge at the time of his disappearance, and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he missed a meeting with his probation officer after he went missing.

    Authorities do not believe Nichols left of his own accord or suffered an accident while hunting; they think he was probably the victim of a homicide. His case remains unsolved
     
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    **UPDATE**
    Boone County, KY detectives are working this case currently, and have been questioning suspects. I still believed that the entire Dept. Was crooked as our politicians until recently. These detectives are a breath of fresh air and I can't say enough good things about them. I feel in my heart this this case will soon be solved, and that my mother, aunts, and uncle can finally find closure.
     
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    24 Unidentified Person Exclusions:
     
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