Emerson Edward Carbaugh

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Above Images: Carbaugh, circa 1985


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 11, 1985 from Robertsdale, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 30, 1921
  • Age: 64 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9, 180 - 190 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Auburn hair, brown eyes. Carbaugh has facial scarring as the result of pemphigus vulgaris, a rare skin disease which causes blistering. His nickname is Red.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gray wool sweater, a camouflage-print coat with a green back, brown duck hunting pants, black rubber boots and a blue baseball cap.
  • Medical Conditions: Carbaugh suffers from high blood pressure and is supposed to take medication to control it.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Carbaugh went turkey hunting with his brother-in-law on November 11, 1985. Carbaugh was last seen off State Route 913, two miles south of Robertsdale, Pennsylvania. The pair split up at 2:00 p.m., each going on a different path in the woods. They agreed to meet back at Carbaugh's truck at a specified time later that day. Carbaugh never arrived at the meeting spot and has never been heard from again.. He was carrying a Remington 870 pump-action shotgun at the time of his disappearance.

    An extensive search of the area turned up no sign of Carbaugh. In 2004, someone contacted his wife and claimed Carbaugh had been murdered and buried on a farm in the Robertsdale area. The individual turned over a bone fragment which he said he had dug up from the burial place. The fragment was too small and degraded to test for DNA, however, so authorities are not certain whether it is Carbaugh's.

    Carbaugh resided in St. Thomas, Pennsylvania in 1985. He was declared legally dead in 1992. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pennsylvania State Police


    Source Information
    Pennsylvania Missing Persons
    The Public Opinion


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 17, 2005; casefile added.

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