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Find Missing Joseph Edwards!

Find Missing Joseph Edwards!

Find missing Joseph Edwards!
He was last seen at a motel, his place of employment.
It has been over half a century
Since anyone has last seen or heard from this missing young man.
He had most of his life ahead of him.
What happened to Joseph Edwards?

Find Missing Joseph Edwards!

Find Missing Joseph Edwards! Joseph Edwards has been missing since July 12, 1964. He is missing from Vidalia, Louisiana. Joseph Edwards is classified as an endangered missing person. His year of birth is unknown. At the time of his disappearance, Edwards was 25 years old. His current age is 79 to 80 years old. Joseph Edwards is an African-American male. His height is unknown. His weight is unknown. His hair color is unknown. His eye color is unknown.

Edwards’s nicknames are Joe and JoeEd. He may have burn scars on his body. He suffered third-degree burns in an accident before his disappearance. And he was also scalded as a child.

Find Missing Joseph Edwards!

Joseph Edwards was last seen at the Shamrock Motel in Vidalia, Louisiana. He was seen on July 12, 1964. He was employed at the motel as a porter and handyman. He has never been heard from again.

Edwards’s two-tone blue and beige 1958 Buick was found abandoned. It was located on a street behind an old bowling alley on the Ferriday-Vidalia Highway a few days after his disappearance. There were bloodstains in the vehicle and a belt that did not belong to Edwards, and a necktie tied in the shape of a noose was on the steering wheel.

The Ku Klux Klan was responsible for many acts of violence against local African-Americans in the 1960’s. These included murders. The Shamrock Motel was one of their local hangouts. Edwards was allegedly dating white women around the time of his disappearance, which could have made him a target for Klan violence.

Authorities heard multiple reports that Klan members shot Edwards to death. They covered his body in concrete and threw it in the Mississippi River. Another informant told FBI agents that Klansmen skinned Edwards alive. None of the stories have been confirmed.

Edwards lived with his grandparents on Highway 900 in Clayton at the time of his disappearance. And he worked three jobs: at the Shamrock Motel, the Albert Pick Motel and the Swift meat-packing house. He has eleven siblings, seven of whom are still living.

Edwards was engaged to be married in 1964. His loved ones describe him as a snappy dresser who enjoyed gambling and was popular with women. His case remains unsolved.

Find Missing Joseph Edwards!

Joseph Edwards has been missing for 54 years and four months. He had most of his entire life ahead of him and had much potential. What became of his fiance, the person to whom he was engaged at the time of his disappearance? Surely she years for answers. Sadly, four of his siblings and apparently his parents, died without learning what happened to Edwards. Something happened to Edwards. Do you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Joseph Edwards? Do you have any information concerning the person (s) responsible for his disappearance?

If you have any information concerning this case please contact the FACES Lab.
Teresa Wilson, Assistant Research Professor, LSU – (225) 578-4761
Maria Allaire, Research Associate, LSU – (225) 578-4775
You may call 9-1-1 or your local police.

Agency Phone: 318-336-5231
NamUs MP4093
Agency Case Number: 44-2044
LSU FACES Number: 357

Joseph Edwards has a NamUs profile. Click here to view it.
Joseph Edwards has a Doe Network profile. Click here to view it.
The FBI re-opened the case of Joseph Edwards. Click here and learn more.
This is a 2012 article about FBI investigation past errors. Click here and learn more.
This is about why the case of Joseph Edwards was initially closed. Click here and learn more.
Reddit has a page devoted to Joseph Edwards. Click here and learn more.
Websleuths has a page devoted to Joseph Edwards’ disappearance. Click here and learn more.
The above information is found on Joseph Edwards’ Charley Project Page. I have adapted and remixed it. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial 4.0 International License.
The above image is courtesy of the Louisiana Repository for Missing and Unidentified People.


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