Carl Stephen Knight

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Above Images: Knight, circa 2008

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 6, 2008 from Jamestown, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 17, 1984
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1, 220 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Knight was last seen at a residence in Jamestown, California on April 6, 2008. He was apparently injured in a fight with Robert Earl Slawinsky and his brother, Paul Curtis Slawinksy, that day. Knight vanished after the fight and has never been heard from again. Shortly after his disappearance, police arrested the Slawinsky brothers and charged them with kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. Within days, the charges were upgraded to first-degree murder. Photographs of the brothers are posted below this case summary. When investigators searched the house where the fight is believed to have taken place, they found bloodstained towels, brass knuckles, burned shoes and other evidence of foul play.

    In July 2008, the Salinsky brothers both pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated manslaughter. They admitted they killed Knight in a fight over slashed tires and dumped his body in Lake Don Pedro. Robert and Paul were sentenced to the maximum term of eleven years in prison. Knight's body hasn't been located in spite of an extensive search. A corpse was located in Lake Don Pedro in August 2008, but it turned out to be another missing man.

    Knight is a graduate of Cassina High School. He is divorced, has a young daughter, and lived with his mother in Sonora, California at the time of his disappearance. He was employed with Utterback Construction. Knight had previously been involved with drugs, but he went through a rehabilitation programs several years prior to his disappearance and stayed clean afterwards. Foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.

    Paul Salinsky Robert Salinsky
    Left: Paul Salinsky;
    Right: Robert Salinsky

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department
    209-533-5815

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Modesto Bee
    The Union Democrat
    My Mother Lode
    Carl Knight's MySpace Page
    KCRA 3

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 7, 2008; casefile added.

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