Claude Shelton

Above: Claude, circa 1971


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 21, 1971 from Corbin, Kentucky
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Claude and his wife, Martha Sue Shelton, were last seen in Corbin, Kentucky on May 21, 1971. They put their three children to bed at their home in Gerry's Trailer Park on 18th Street, then drove away in their white 1967 Ford Galaxie 500 with the Kentucky license plate number 937 944. Photographs of the vehicle are posted below this case summary. The Sheltons may have been en route to the Kings truck stop five miles away, but no one remembers seeing them that night. They have never been heard from again and their car has never been recovered. Approximately $600 in cash may have also vanished from their home at the same time they did.

    Claude had been steadily employed for ten years prior to his disappearance. It would be uncharacteristic of him and Sue to abandon their children, who were subsequently raised by their grandmother. Foul play is suspected in Claude and Sue's disappearances, which remain unsolved.

    Ford Galaxie 1 Ford Galaxie 2
    Above: 1967 Ford Galaxie


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


    Source Information
    Kentucky State Police
    Unsolved in the News
    WKYT 27


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 20, 2009; age, height anad weight added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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