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.
The Harlan Post is also waiting information on the murder of Greta Henson.
Her body was found at her home in Bell County on Jan. 7, 1992.
She was found by her parents.
State Police say she was strangled and shot five times.
Those with information about these cold cases should contact the Harlan Post at 606-573-3131.
The London Post is investigating the disappearance of Terry Turner from his gun shop on Sept. 25, 1992.
According to the police report, Turner left his shop around 1:30 p.m.
An employee of the store reportedly told police that Turner had left with someone in a vehicle, but the employee could not see the person in the vehicle.
Turner’s family told police that he had a problem with alcohol and they believed he may have gone somewhere seeking help.
He has not been heard from since.
Also under investigation by the London Post is the murder of John Farmer of Clay County on Aug. 21, 1993.
The then-40-year-old Farmer was shot ambush-style when he walked onto the porch of his home carrying groceries.
Another London Post case is the murder of Roger D. King at Pine Knot in McCreary County.
Shortly before 7 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 29, 1998, King’s body was found at his home on Bethel Road inside his South Kentucky RECC truck.
He had been shot at close range with a small caliber handgun.
The Oct. 8, 1998, disappearance of Crystal Marler, in McCreary County, is still being investigated by the London Post.
Marler, then 15 years old, was last seen on Strunk Ridge Road in Whitley City.
The London Post also continues to investigate the 2004 murder of Roberto Escalona Vazquez near London.
Vazquez was found on Feb. 7, 2004, by his employer, Terry Nantz.
He was found in a trailer being rented by three Yanez brothers on Star Hill between East Bernstadt and Pittsburg.
Vazquez had been beaten with a blunt object and later died from his wounds.
The three brothers disappeared after the incident and are suspected in the murder.
They are Eladio Nazarit Yanez, born in 1980; Jose De. Jesus Nazarit Yanez, born in 1977; and Juan Carlos Nazarit Yanez, born in 1984.
The London Post is also seeking information on the disappearance of Michelle Lynn Collins, missing since July 6, 2004.
She was 21 years old when she disappeared, having last been seen at a home on New Salem Road in Laurel County.
She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a yellow baseball cap and tennis shoes.
For more information on cold cases being handled by the Kentucky State Police, go to www.kentuckystatepolice.org. and click on “Cold Cases.”
By Carl Keith Greene / Staff Writer
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