Unsolved Appalachia

Missing. Unidentified. Murdered. Not Forgotten.

Cecil Burkhart

On July 1, 2016, 30-year-old Cecil Burkhart was dropped off on Teges Creek Road in Manchester, Ky by his brother Jeff. Cecil had managed to acquired some work doing odd jobs in the area and Jeff was supposed to return… Continue Reading →

Melissa Moreland

On October 24, 1987, 21-year-old Melissa Moreland left her parents home near Paw Paw, West Virginia. They were under the assumption that she would be spending that night with a friend, completely unaware that as she closed the door, it… Continue Reading →

Benjamin Brewer

This disappearance is the ‘newest’ one I’ve done so far. I say new because he’s been missing for nearly 8 months at the time I’m writing this. Still, that’s 8 months that his family have endured without knowing where he… Continue Reading →

Bobby Eugene Adams

On the night of November 30, 1991, 31-year-old Bobby Eugene Adams was working the graveyard shift for C&H Cab in Charleston, WV. His last fare of the night was a 40 something caucasian man with blonde hair, and may very… Continue Reading →

Thomas E. Profitt

On May 3, 2006, 46-year old Thomas E. Profitt called his daughter Amanda. She had just had a baby, and Thomas was making a last minute check-in before he left to go see his newborn granddaughter. He asked Amanda if… Continue Reading →

Anna Frances Leatherwood

On May 20, 1966, Anna Frances Leatherwood (she went by Frances) had left her abusive husband yet again. She was planning on spending the night with her cousin, that is until her husband, Coy Winston Leatherwood showed up and managed to… Continue Reading →

Dennis Martin

It was Father’s Day weekend, 1969, when William Martin, his sons Dennis and Douglas, and his father left their homes in Knoxville, Tennessee and headed to the Great Smokey Mountains for a weekend camping trip. They hiked from Cades Cove… Continue Reading →

James Lee Haynes

James Lee Haynes was a 32-year-old US Army Sergeant, who was from all accounts I’ve read, murdered and disposed of while attempting to deliver some Christmas presents to his mother and step-father in Saulsville, West Virginia on December 7, 1963…. Continue Reading →

Morgan County Jane Doe

On May 10, 1950 at around 4:00 pm, Benjamin Mills was mushroom hunting along an abandoned portion of Old US Route 522 near Berkeley Springs, West Virginia when he happened to glance over the embankment and see a head full… Continue Reading →

Tammy Jean Daniel

On June 2, 1987, Norma and Jeff Hensdill picked up their daughter Tammy Daniel outside the El Cid Club in Beckley, WV at around 3:00 am. They drove her to her home in Stanaford, WV and dropped her off  after… Continue Reading →

Kara Rigdon

Hi I’m CrimeBlogger1983. It’s an honor to be a guest poster here on Unsolved Appalachia. I just want to thank Lesley for this opportunity and also point out the opinions presented here are mine and mine only. If you don’t like… Continue Reading →

Leah McKinney//Virginia Beiter//Stephanie Banks//Sarah Estes

Leah McKinney, 20, was last seen on January 9, 2002, in Somerset, Ky at around 4:00 pm. She spoke with family via telephone on either January the 28th or January the 29th. That was the last time anyone has had any… Continue Reading →

Glinver K. Osborne

On March 2, 2006, 67-year-old Glinver Osborne spoke with his daughter Gina about possibly making a bank withdrawal and going to a land auction. Later that day several witnesses saw him at the Weddington Plaza in Pikeville, Ky. An unnamed friend supposedly… Continue Reading →

Mike Lowe

Mike Lowe, 50, was by all accounts that I’ve heard a genuinely kind and good-hearted man. He loved his family and although he had no children of his own he absolutely adored being an uncle, doting on and looking after… Continue Reading →

Katherine Heck

On the morning of February 1, 2009, 58-year-old Katherine (or Kat as she was called) Heck presumably walked away from her home and vanished. According to statements by her family, she had gotten up that morning with a horrible headache… Continue Reading →

Travis Wilson

Last seen in the early morning hours of May 25, 2007, asleep in the den of his fathers’ house near Route 3 and Yoakum Lane in Middlesboro, Ky. Travis Wilson disappeared sometime in the early morning hours. The only information… Continue Reading →

Natasha Fugate Jones

Natasha Jones, 32, was last seen on May 7, 2015, as she left her Grandmothers’ residence in Fisty, Ky with friends in the morning hours. She left a note under her sons’ pillow, telling him that she would be back in… Continue Reading →

Joshua Tessmer//Paul Aaron Triplett//David Brown

On January 8, 2009, Joshua Tessmer, 19, was last seen by his father in the vicinity of 6000 Block North Mayo Trail, in Pikeville, Ky. Authorities believe that he was possibly walking along the Big Sandy River when he accidentally… Continue Reading →

Diana Roberts

Diana Roberts, 31, was last seen on either August 4th (WKYT) or August 7th (NamUs) of 2013 at the Jamestown Village trailer park on the Knott County/Perry County, Ky line. It was alleged that she had gone to Ohio with… Continue Reading →

Burton Jones

Burton Jones was murdered on May 28, 1979, while he and an unnamed passenger were traveling on Duane Mountain, in the Bulan area of Perry County, Kentucky. An unknown assailant in a red Monte Carlo with a white vinyl top pulled… Continue Reading →

Reuben Kinney//Lloyd McKinney//James M. Boggs

Reuben Kinney, 62, was last seen on September 3, 1975. He was staying with his brother in Goodwin Branch Hollow, Vanceburg, Ky, whenever he went out to use the outhouse during the early morning hours. His family reported his disappearance…. Continue Reading →

Regina Cox

By: Whereabouts Still Unknown Regina Renee Cox, age 18, vanished from Somerset, Kentucky on August 23, 1997.  She was last seen at the Armed Forces Recruiting Station at approximately 11:30am.  I am unsure of the exact location of this recruiting… Continue Reading →

Jacob Tipton

On August 23, 2016, 25-year-old Jacob Tipton left the apartment he shared with his brother in Berea, Ky, for a night out with his friends. He’s not been heard from since. Two weeks after anyone had seen Jacob, his SUV… Continue Reading →

Kenneth Saunders

Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Saunders, 31, was last seen in Heidrick, Ky on August 5, 2015. According to Kenny’s father, he hadn’t heard from him in nearly three months when he reached out to Kenny’s girlfriend, Marlene, she told him that Kenny… Continue Reading →

Georgia Nolan

Georgia Nolan, 33, was last seen on November 25, 1976. She had been living in Chicago, Illinois until her marriage soured and she left her husband, Denver. She came back to Harlan, Ky where she had grown up. A few months… Continue Reading →

Roger Sasko

Roger Sasko, 51, was last seen at his residence near Ky 904 in Gatliff, Ky on November 6, 2003. His wife went out to run errands and when she came home he wasn’t there. He actually wasn’t even reported missing… Continue Reading →

Brooke Farthing

The Sinister Disappearance of Brooke Farthing, by mh_12rm_66 18-year-old Brookelyn Farthing was last seen at a friend’s house in the 100 block of Dillon Court in Berea, Kentucky in the early morning hours of June 22, 2013. The night she… Continue Reading →

Marion Estep

At around 4:00 pm on January 10, 2008, two hospital maintenance workers were traveling down the Hal Rogers Parkway in Perry County, Ky when they spotted a white 1994 Chrysler on the shoulder of the road near Exit 56. The… Continue Reading →

Jimmy Kelly//Terry Turner//Rose West//Mitchell Manns.

Jimmy Kelly, 40, was last seen on June 12, 2013, in the Elkhorn City area of Pikeville, Ky. His 2003 Honda Element was found abandoned on an ATV trail on Kelly Mountain Road in the Shelby Gap community. The area… Continue Reading →

Pine Mountain John Doe

On October 20, 1981, NamUs UP# 105, Case 81-F-15, was found in a remote dump location on Pine Mountain in Letcher County, Ky. His body was beginning to putrefy, and his clothing and all personal items were missing. He had been… Continue Reading →

Robert Hoskins//Roland Lucas//Benson Spears//Michelle Collins.

On July 1, 2011, Robbie Hoskins, 27, was last seen in the Tacky Town community of Harlan, Ky. Police believe he actually went missing in Bell County, Ky. He has a five-year-old daughter whose had to grow up not knowing… Continue Reading →

Charles Randolph

December 15, 2009, was the last time anyone remembers seeing 55-year-old Charles Randolph. A witness claims to have seen him getting into the back of a white SUV, but wasn’t able to tell authorities who was driving it. Wherever he… Continue Reading →

Richard Strong

The last time 51-year-old Richard Strong’s wife spoke to him was at around 3:00 pm on February 18, 2011. He told her he was going to drop a friend off at their home. Details on what happened between the last… Continue Reading →

Pulaski County Jane Doe

NamUS lists her as NamUs UP#83, Case # FA-1995-35. She was found on July 2, 1995, in Nancy, Kentucky on a rural, dead-end road about 5 miles from the Cumberland Parkway. Campers were looking for a site to set up… Continue Reading →

Ricky “Dougie” Melton

According to the case circumstances provided to NamUs, 26-year-old, Ricky “Dougie” Melton was last seen on July 26, 2013, getting into a black Chevy S-10 (with a UK sticker on the back glass) outside his residence in the Gordon Hill… Continue Reading →

Martha Sue and Claude Shelton

On May 21, 1971, Sue, 27, and Claude Shelton, 37, tucked their 3 children into bed. They left their home at Gerry’s Trailer Park on 18th Street in Corbin, Ky, and headed to King’s Truck Stop. This was around 5… Continue Reading →

Michael Vincent//Donald Collins//Paul Shrout//James Smith.

Michael Vincent, 36, disappeared on May 5, 2011, near 1156 Oak Grove Road in Brownsville, Ky. He was out of prison on parole and went missing at the same time the house he shared with his mother and aunt was… Continue Reading →

Breathitt County John Doe

On January 27, 1979, on a sparsely populated stretch of road in Breathitt County; hunters were out in the early morning snowfall when they discovered the nearly intact skeletal remains of a man.  He was around 230 feet away from… Continue Reading →

Juanita Ritchie

On November 1, 1966, 38-year-old Juanita stepped out of her home in Dwarf, Ky to walk to the grocery store. That was the last time she was ever seen. Her family didn’t report her missing until around a week later…. Continue Reading →

Carson Williams//Eugene Gabbard Jr//Derryl Miller//Rodger Mosley.

These men are all missing, but with little to no information available about their disappearances. They still deserve to have their names remembered.     Carson Williams, 43, vanished January 1, 2000, from Salyersville, Ky. It was believed he may… Continue Reading →

Michael K. Allen

Michael K. Allen, 26, was last seen on May 30, 2001 at his residence in Langley, Ky. Witnesses say that he got into a red pickup truck with someone. That was the last time he was seen. Police believe that foul… Continue Reading →

James Hillis

This post is going to be one of my shorter ones since there isn’t very much information online about the case. Regardless of how much is available, I feel that everyone deserves a mention, even if I can’t give them… Continue Reading →

Joel Mark Wells

On the extremely cold night of January 15th, 1994, 21-year-old, Joel Mark Wells, and some friends were hanging out at the Black Gold Shopping Center in Hazard, Kentucky. An argument broke out between them, and Mark decided it was best… Continue Reading →

Starina Woods

Starina Woods, 34, was last seen alive on March 10, 2016, at her home in Charleston, West Virginia. After not hearing from her for over two months, a family member reported her missing on May 19th. A family member. Not… Continue Reading →

Robert Ray Honeycutt

On May 5, 2009 Robert Ray Honeycutt, 31, left his home in Littcar, Kentucky with intentions on going to the store to make a few purchases, and was never seen again. When he left his home, he had told his father that he… Continue Reading →

Kelly Hollan Jr

He was only six years old when he disappeared from the front yard of his home in Mousie, Kentucky on February the 12, 1982. I’ve browsed through pages of news articles to try and find as much information as possible…. Continue Reading →

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