Kara Denora Rigdon

Above: Kara, circa 2010

  • Missing Since 07/17/2010
  • Missing From Gravel Switch, Kentucky
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Height and Weight 5'4 - 5'6, 160 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white spaghetti-strap top with black dots, dark blue jeans, black heeled sandals and a silver necklace with a cross pendant and two gold baby rings.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Kara has the following tattoos: stars and the moon on the right side of her neck, a Harley Davidson logo on her left ring finger and a cross with the phrase "West Coast Choppers" and the initials "ADT" on her right ankle. She has a scar on her nose. Kara's maiden name is Tingle.

Details of Disappearance

Kara was last seen on Beechfork Loop Road in Gravel Switch, Kentucky on July 17, 2010. She said she was meeting a friend and would be back in a few hours. At 2:00 a.m. on July 18, she spoke on the phone with her mother and said she'd been home shortly. She never arrived home and never showed up for work later that morning. She has never been heard from again. The car Kara was driving, a silver 2009 Pontiac G6 with the Kentucky license plate number 381-LAE, was found abandoned on Bluegrass Parkway, westbound, on July 25. It had three-quarters of a tank of gas and the windows were rolled down.

Two months after Kara's disappearance, police arrested her estranged husband, father-in-law, brother-in-law and sister-in-law on unrelated charges. Authorities stated the investigation in Kara's case had uncovered evidence leading to the charges. Her father-in-law, William Joseph "Joey" Rigdon, was charged attempted murder, first-degree arson, criminal mischief and possession of destructive devices in connection with a 2004 incident where a trailer caught fire and exploded. Kara's husband, William Robert "Bobby" Rigdon, was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and being a persistent felony offender. Her sister-in-law, Wendy Rigdon, was charged with intimidating a witness. Several days after the three arrests, Bobby's twin brother William David "Billy" Rigdon turned himself in to the police to face charges of possessing stolen property. Wendy is his wife.

Bobby and his twin brother William "Billy" Rigdon were already facing charges in another case at the time of their September 2010 arrests. In 2005, they allegedly kidnapped a teenage girl whose family lived in the trailer Joey allegedly blew up the following year. The Rigdon family were well-known to the police and had been jailed several times. Following the arrests, police began excavating Joey's property on Sulphur Springs Road.

Kara and Bobby had divorced in 2003, then reconciled in December 2009. They separated in June 2010, the month before her disappearance. They have two children. Little information is available as to Kara's fate, but her loved ones are afraid for her safety. Her case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Kentucky State Police 800-222-5555 OR 270-384-4796

Source Information

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated September 20, 2011; casefile added.