LA LA - Joseph Edwards, 21, Vidalia, 12 Jul 1964

Discussion in '1960's Missing' started by Queenofwands, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. Queenofwands

    Queenofwands New Member

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    Missing Since: July 12, 1964 from Vidalia, Concordia Parish, Louisiana
    Classification: Missing


    Vital Statistics

    •Date Of Birth: about 1939-1943
    •Age at Time of Disappearance: 21 or 25 years old
    •Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: Unknown
    •Distinguishing Characteristics: Black male.
    •Marks, Scars: Possible burn scars on body from prior accident.
    •DNA: Available
    •AKA: JoeEd


    Circumstances of Disappearance:

    Joseph "JoeEd" Edwards was last seen in Vidalia, LA on July 12, 1964.

    The mother of JoeEd Edwards reported him missing to the FBI in Natchez after her son's car was found a few days after his disappearance. The car was found on the street behind the old bowling alley on the Ferriday-Vidalia Highway.

    Bloodstains were found inside the car and Edwards' mother told the FBI that "the Klan" was responsible for her son's disappearance.

    Edwards was living with his grandparents in the Clayton area and was reported missing in Concordia Parish. He worked as a Shamrock Motel porter at the time.

    This is a possible civil rights case.


    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

    Concordia Parish Sheriff's Office

    Source Information:
    The Doe Network
    FACES Lab
    The Concordia Sentinel

    Attached Files:

  2. CastlesBurning

    CastlesBurning Well-Known Member

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    I wonder specifically why his mom would say that the Klan was responsible for this? I mean, sure, it's a possibility, but I wouldn't think that she'd say that unless she had some specific reason as to why that might have been. Were there any previous incidents or run-ins with anyone that might have put JoeEd at risk? Too bad the given info doesn't expand on this....
  3. Penny Lane

    Penny Lane New Member

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    Bumping for JoeEd!
  4. CuriousThoughts

    CuriousThoughts Member

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    Strange...why don't they know his exact date of birth, especially if his mother was the one who reported him missing?
  5. Angels_Not_Forgotten

    Angels_Not_Forgotten Anxiously Awaiting a WINNING NFL Season!

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    Or even an approximation on height and weight.

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  6. bessie

    bessie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    Because he was born in the Delta where for some, life in 1940 wasn't much different than in 1840.


    Joseph's photo accompanies a compelling LSU Legacy Magazine article focusing on two cold case, 1960's hate crimes, and the newspaper editor who is determined to keep them alive.

    Photo by Photo courtesy of THE CONCORDIA SENTINEL
    Cold Case Files

    A photo of Joseph Edwards was taken a year before he was murdered in Vidalia, La. His case is one of several cold case murders that are currently being investigated by the FBI

    A 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Nelson tells Joseph Edwards' story in a series of articles in the Concordia Sentinel.

    Whatever Happened to Joseph Edwards? Was he a Silver Dollar Group Target?
    by Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, December 13th, 2007 @ 8:19 am

    JoeEd Edwards, the Shamrock Motel Porter Missing Since July 1967
    Stanley Nelson posted Thursday, July 24th, 2008 @ 10:09 am

    "Bone Lady" returning to Clayton in search for JoeEd Edwards
    Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, March 26th, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    "Bone Lady returns to Clayton Tuesday in search for JoeEd Edwards
    Stanley Nelson posted Thursday, April 23rd, 2009 @ 8:06 am

    **"Bone Lady" is LSU forensic anthropologist, Mary Manheim.
    No human remains found during "Bone Lady"'s search in Clayton
    Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, April 30th, 2009 @ 8:18 am

    A drowning, a kiss triggered JoeEd Edward's murder
    by Stanley Nelson - posted Thursday, May 6th, 2010 @ 8:29 am

    Man pinpoints site for 1967 search for Joseph Edwards' body in Concordia
    by Stanley Nelson - posted Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 @ 3:19 pm

    There is so much more about Joseph and other civil rights era cold case files in this WSer's jackpot at the Concordia Sentinel :):

  7. Odyssey

    Odyssey Verfied Insider Diane Genice Dye

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    Wow, was this crazy-ironic timing or did you see my post in another thread? I recently recommended this author for True Crime Radio because it's literally the best coverage I've ever seen on an MP cold case (and I read plenty of MP articles)... he just doesn't let up and he isn't afraid to challenge LE. I got lost in these articles about this whole fiasco for a good few hours.

    My favorite article (Also by Stanley Nelson)

    Cold case witnesses, retired agents ignored by FBI in Edwards' probe

    We need more journalists like this!

    Bessie, you outlined it a lot better than I did, thank you for bringing attention to this case! :)
  8. bessie

    bessie Administrator Staff Member Administrator Moderator

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    You get all the credit, Odyssey. I was somewhat familiar with the cases, but somehow overlooked this thread for JoeEd right her on WS. :facepalm: Nelson's series of articles in the Sentinel is amazing. Such impressive research and dedication! I can't read fast enough.
  9. KateB

    KateB New Member

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    The same reporter continues his coverage of JoeEd's case with this article.
    Cold Case: Who killed Joseph Edwards? DOJ names suspects; closes 1964 case
    Posted: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 11:49 am | Updated: 3:36 pm, Fri Feb 14, 2014.
    JoeEd has been missing for 50 years today.
  10. Jake479

    Jake479 Well-Known Member

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  11. Nate_Bro

    Nate_Bro Active Member

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    I know it is unlikely, but what if he took off cause he was sick of the way he was being treated?
    Unidentified Person Case
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