Edward Hale Tidwell

Above: Tidwell, circa 1981


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 14, 1981 from Marion, Kentucky
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 20, 1950
  • Age: 31 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11 - 6'1, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Tidwell has scars on his right knee and right arm, a surgical scar on his abdomen at the front, and a scar from a stab wound on the upper left side of his abdomen. His nose has been broken several times and he has a tattoo saying "13 1/2 / 12 jury" on his left upper arm. His nickname is Eddy.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Size 32x34 or 33x34 blue jeans, size 9 or 10 black leather steel-toed lace-up boots with no hooks, and white cotton socks with green and red tops.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tidwell was last seen in Marion, Kentucky on December 14, 1981. He told his wife he was going to see a man in Sturgis, Kentucky about a job. He may have planned to buy alcohol there, and may have been intoxicated at the time of his disappearance. He left driving a yellow 1974 Chevrolet Bel Air with the front windshield cracked on the right side, rust spots in the front, and the Kentucky license plate number AKV 215.

    Tidwell had previously worked as a river deckhand for several river-related businesses, but he was unemployed at the time of his disappearance and had applied for unemployment compensation. The man he was supposed to see may have been a foreman from a river industry business in southern Illinois, but he has never been identified. Tidwell had no criminal record and no indications of trouble in his life. He left behind a wife and two young daughters. He was declared legally dead some time after his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    Allen County Public Library Genealogy Center


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 27, 2017; date of birth added.

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