Kevin Lee Ellsworth

Above: Ellsworth, circa 1982


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 11, 1982 from International Falls, Minnesota
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 25, 1963
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 180 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Ellsworth has steel pin or screw placed in his right thumb/wrist joint as the result of a motorcycle accident.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A leather Ivy League hat, a gold neck chain, Nike sneakers, white bell-bottom pants and no watch or rings.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ellsworth was last seen in the evening of July 11, 1982 in International Falls, Minnesota. Earlier, he was involved in a disruption at the local Union Hall. A witness reported seeing Ellsworth leaving the hall headed toward the bowling alley at 2:30 a.m. He reportedly said, "Anybody who stays around here is going to jail, come with me to heaven."

    Ellsworth had done some janitorial work for his father at the Rex Hotel in International Falls and had a key to the building. He was reportedly sleeping in a basement room in the hotel. The building caught fire and burned to the ground on July 11. Ellsworth's remains were not found in the rubble, but the car he had been using was found parked across the street from the hotel. A key to the hotel was found nearby, but it is unknown whether it was Ellsworth's.

    One witness says she saw Ellsworth walking in International Falls after the fire, but this has not been confirmed. He has never been heard from again. He has ties to Washington state, where his family members live. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Koochiching Country Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    Minnesota Department of Public Safety


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 12, 2007; casefile added.

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