Harry Miller Maupin

Above: Maupin, circa 1985


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 18, 1985 from Harlan County, Kentucky
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 40 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'2, 235 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, gray eyes. Maupin has a scar on his right thigh. The tip of his right little finger was severed and reattached, with resulting scarring.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A plaid Western-style shirt with snap buttons, blue Levi's jeans, new muleskin cowboy boots, a brown leather belt with his name "H.M. Maupin" on a brass plate, a Seiko watch with a blue dial and a cracked crystal.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Maupin was last seen near his workplace near the town of Lejunior in Harlan County, Kentucky on June 18, 1985. He and his business partner owned the Gano Coal Company and Aqua Processing Inc. He was often in the Harlan, Kentucky area on business and sometimes slept in an office trailer on mine property in Shields, Kentucky, but he lived in Richmond, Kentucky. He has never been heard from again. He was declared legally dead several years after his disappearance.

    In October 2010, Ernest Lee Hensley was charged with murder and evidence tampering in Maupin's case. He was the last person known to have seen Maupin, and the men had been involved in business dealings together. Authorities stated they believed Hensley shot Maupin to death at a coal mine owned by the Gano Coal Company, then took his body outside of Harlan County. They think the body was probably unrecoverable. A photo of Hensley is posted below this case summary. In March 2013, the case against him was dismissed for lack of evidence; the prosecution said crucial witnesses were unavailable to testify. The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning Hensley could be charged with murder again if more evidence surfaces.

    Maupin left behind two young children. Foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.

    Above: Ernest Lee Hensley


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kentucky State Police
    Post 10


    Source Information
    Lex 18
    WKYT 27
    The Harlan Daily Enterprise
    The Corbin News Journal
    The Richmond Register


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 9, 2017; clothing/jewelry description updated.

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