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January 5, 2009

Nine area cold cases remain unsolved

5 murder and 4 missing persons cases remain unsolved for KSP going into the new year

By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer

As the year turns a page on the calendar, Kentucky State Police troopers at the London and Harlan posts have nine cold cases left to solve.

The unsolved cases date as far back as 1971.

Five of the cases are murder cases and four are missing persons cases.

The oldest case involves the May 21, 1971, missing persons case of Claude and Sue Shelton, of Corbin.

On that day, the Sheltons left their home at the Gerry’s Trailer Park on 18th Street and are yet to be heard from.

According to the police report, the Sheltons had put their three children to bed.

Their daughter, who heard the couple talking after she went to bed, said they left, apparently on their way to King’s Truck Stop.

According to state police, none of the King’s employees remembered seeing them.

It is presumed that they left their home in their white 1967 Ford Galaxie 500.

The daughter told police that her parents saved money in a bowl in the kitchen. It was thought the couple had accumulated about $600.

Claude Shelton had been steadily employed for about 10 years, and according to people who knew them, the couple was fond of their children and it is thought unlikely that they would have abandoned them.

Those with information that may be helpful may contact the London Post at 606-878-6622.

State Police at the Harlan Post seek information that may lead to the killer of Jennifer L. Bailey, whose body was found on Aug, 26, 1990.

Bailey went to Pine Mountain State Park on Aug. 16 to go jogging and was reported missing on that day.

Ten days later, her body was found about a mile-and-a-half from where her car was found.

The body was found over a bluff, and evidence indicated that she had been murdered.

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