Martha Sue Shelton

Above: Shelton, circa 1971


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 21, 1971 from Corbin, Kentucky
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'2 - 5'4, 125 - 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Light brown hair, blue eyes. Shelton goes by her middle name, Sue, and most accounts refer to her by that name. She had natural light-colored highlights in her hair at the time of her disappearance.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A wedding band and a braided silver ring set with a blue stone.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Sue and her husband, Claude 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.

    It would be uncharacteristic of the Sheltons 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, weight and clothing/jewelry description added, name, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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