Alvin E. Darrow Jr.

Alvin, circa 2017

  • Missing Since 07/27/2017
  • Missing From Toledo, Ohio
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Age 63 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'8, 185 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A black Harley Davidson t-shirt, khaki shorts or blue jeans, and brown work boots.
  • Medical Conditions Alvin has a history of heart disease; he had a heart attack about five years prior to his disappearance and had stents implanted.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, brown eyes. Alvin's nicknames are Al and Hopper.

Details of Disappearance

Alvin was last seen near the 300 block of Majestic Road in Toledo, Ohio on July 27, 2017. A friend of his, Rocky Conley, came to his house that day to see him; Alvin was buying a truck from him, and Conley needed to pick up the rest of the money he was owed. When he arrived, the house was unlocked, with all of Alvin's belongings inside it. His truck was parked in the driveway with the keys locked inside, and his dog was running around loose. There was no sign of Alvin and he has never been heard from again.

Conley called 911 and claimed that while passing a neighboring residence (one which Alvin was in the process of buying, and which his son Tim Darrow lived at) he saw about four men jump out of a vehicle with guns and run up to the house, and thought the men were coming there to steal something, perhaps a motorcycle. He did not mention Alvin's name, or the fact that anyone was missing, during the call.

He would later say that the story about the four armed men was a lie. Conley said he was immediately alarmed by what he saw at Alvin's residence, and thought something bad must have happened, but he also thought the police would not take it seriously if he tried to report Alvin missing because he was a healthy adult and had been seen alive and well only a few hours earlier, so he made up a story that he thought would be more likely to get a quick response from the police.

After he made this call, Conley stayed by the house for about four hours and waited for the police, but they never arrived. He called 911 again just before midnight and told the truth this time. He said Alvin and Tim had been arguing earlier in the day, and that Alvin's phone was turned off and Rocky couldn't get in contact with him, and said that he was worried and wanted the police to check on Alvin's welfare. He provided both Alvin and Tim's addresses and said he hoped Alvin wasn't dead.

Nineteen hours after Conley called 911 for the first time, Alvin's other son Jeremy called the police to officially report his father missing. Like Conley, when he couldn't get in touch with his father he immediately suspected Alvin was dead.

The last person known to have seen Alvin was his son Tim. Tim told his brother that he had a motorcycle in his garage, and that he and his father had gotten into a fight about it, and then Alvin left and Tim never saw him again. The motorcycle was a white and silver Harley-Davidson with a custom turbo engine and other custom features; the owner, Thomas Wiley, had spent about sixty thousand dollars customizing it. It was found on Alvin's property after his disappearance.

The motorcycle, along with cash, several guns, ammunition and some electronics, had been stolen from a home in rural Lucas County, Ohio in a burglary on July 25, two days before Alvin went missing. No one was ever arrested in the burglary and the motorcycle is the only item that was ever recovered. It's unclear how it ended up on Alvin's property; although he was a motorcycle enthusiast, he did not know the people it had been stolen from and had no history of involvement in criminal activity.

After the motorcycle was found and towed to the impound lot, when Wiley went went collect it, he noted some damage: the handlebars were bent, the paint was scratched and one mirror was broken off. It was otherwise functional. Wiley's brother drove the motorcycle home, and when Wiley was getting ready to wash it he noticed bloodstains on the fuel tank and the side of the engine. He called the police, who came over and processed the motorcycle for evidence. The blood turned out to be Alvin's.

According to Conley, Alvin had texted him a photo of the motorcycle on the day of his disappearance and asked him to take a look at it while he was over collecting the money for the truck. According to Alvin, Tim had gotten the motorcycle, and Alvin thought Conley might want to purchase it. He never mentioned the the motorcycle was stolen, and Conley didn't learn that it was until after Alvin was reported missing.

Alvin's family believes foul play must have been involved in his disappearance, as it's extremely uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. The police also think he was the victim of a homicide. It's unclear whether the burglary and the motorcycle has any connection to his case. His case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Toledo Police Department 419-245-3340

Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated August 7, 2020; medical conditions added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.