Randy Lee Sellers

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Randy, circa 1980;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 49 (circa 2011)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 16, 1980 from Visalia, Kentucky
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: September 6, 1962
  • Age: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'9, 149 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Randy has a birthmark on the crown of his head, a scar above his left eye and a surgical scar on his right knee. He has a scar on his left elbow, reportedly from an old fracture. A crooked letter "R" is tattooed on his forearm. Randy wore a beard on his chin at the time of his disappearance. Four of his teeth had apparently not erupted by the time he went missing, and he may have a crown on one tooth.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black shirt, blue jeans and work shoes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Randy was picked up by Kenton County Police Department officers on August 15, 1980, the night prior to his disappearance. He got into a fistfight with another individual at the Kenton County Fair in Independence, Kentucky and charged with disorderly conduct and public intoxication. The officers believed he was under the influence of drugs. According to them, Randy struck one of them after he was put in the squad car. The police dropped Randy off approximately one mile from his family's home in Visalia, Kentucky. Some reports state that Randy provided unclear directions to his home and other reports claim that the officers dropped him off at the location as a favor to Randy. He never arrived home that evening and has not been heard from again.

    Authorities initially believed Randy had drowned; footprints near the Licking River matched a set of hiking boots owned by one of his relatives, and there were marks indicating someone had slipped and fallen into the water. A search of the river turned up no evidence, however. Investigators now believe the footprints were left by people searching for Randy.

    Donald LeRoy Evans, a former drifter sentenced to death for the murder of a young child in Mississippi, claimed he picked up Randy along Kentucky Route 177, shot him in the head, and buried his body in Kincaid Lake State Park in Pendleton County, Kentucky in 1980. Evans also claimed he was responsible for additional unsolved cases, including the death of Kimberly Dawn McClaskey, who was 17 years old when she disappeared from Illinois in 1983. Her skeletal remains were found in 1989, but not conclusively identified until 2006.

    Authorities searched Kincaid Lake State Park for Randy's body in 1994, but nothing was located. Evans has never been charged in connection with either case and police are not sure if he was involved. They called his claims "credible," however. He drew a crude but accurate map of the park, and the park is also near to where Randy's mother was visiting a friend the night of his disappearance. His mother believes Randy hitched a ride with Evans to the park in hopes of getting to see her.

    After receiving additional tips, investigators began conducting fresh searches for Randy in 2006. No clues have been found as of yet, however. Randy's disappearance remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kenton County Police Department
    606-356-3895

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Kenton County Police Department
    The Lexington Herald-Leader
    Child Protection Education Of America
    The Peoria Journal-Star
    NewsLibrary
    America's Most Wanted
    The Kentucky Post
    NamUs
    River City News

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    Updated 9 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 12, 2013; two pictures added.

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