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KY RANDY LEE SELLERS: Missing from Visalia, KY - 16 August 1980 - Age 17

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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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    New detective hopes to crack cold case from 1980

    By Maytal Levi | July 27, 2018 at 8:09 PM EDT - Updated August 9 at 5:58 PM

    KENTON COUNTY, KY (FOX19) - The town of Visalia has a population of less than 100 hundred people, but if you asked any adults in the area about the disppearance of Randy Sellers they would probably know exactly what you're talking about.

    Sellers was 17-years-old when he disappeared in August of 1980, that's nearly 38 years ago. The case has sits cold at the Kenton County Police Department where it's gone through the hands of multiple detectives.

    Now, it has been handed to Detective Brian Jones who says he hopes to bring a fresh perspective to the case.

    "It's one of our most high-profile cold cases. This is one of those that everybody knows in Kenton County," said Jones, who has been a detective for two years.

    Sellers was at the Kenton County Fair where according to police reports he was intoxicated and got into a fist fight. Police were called out and picked Sellers up, but instead of taking him to a holding cell, they decided to drive him home. Sellers allegedly asked those two officers to drop him off about a mile away so he could sober up before going home and they did, but he never made it home.

    "Narratives from other agencies say something along the lines of him being intoxicated that he may not have been giving clear directions as to exactly where he was going. So, they might have just dropped him off in an area he was describing and let him go from there," said Jones.

    There are all kinds of theories about what happened. Some people on the internet think Sellers may have drown in the Licking River, but investigators searched there and nothing ever turned up. A few convicted killers claimed they murdered Sellers, but that never panned out in the investigation. In fact, the case has never been ruled a homicide, it's filed as a missing persons case.

    "It's gonna be an interesting thing looking back into the case cause I'm sure there are interviews with those officers and written statements and they're very well sitting in that box," said Jones.

    Jones if referring to Sellers case box tat he hasn't gone through yet and admits he doesn't know what he's going to find. "It's a little daunting. Primarily, just because so many people have already looked at it but it's a little exciting," he said.

    Jones doesn't plan on letting any of the theories on the internet impact the fresh perspective he hopes to bring to the case.

    "Everything in that case file, I want it to be the first time that I've ever seen in." FOX19 tried reaching out to family members of Sellers. Some have passed on, others couldn't be reached.

    "It gives me an opportunity to take a case like this where a family is looking for answers and be the person who can help look for that answer," said Jones.
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    Search renewed for Kenton County boy who vanished in 1980

    A scent that could be decades old renewed the search for Randy Lee Sellers, a Kenton County boy who vanished in 1980.

    Sellers attended the Kenton County Fair with friends back then. Kenton County Police had to drive the 17-year-old boy part of the way home after he got drunk at the fair but he never made it home. The decades that followed were filled with questions about what happened to Sellers.

    A group of 37 criminology and forensic chemistry students from Towson University hoped to answer some of those questions this week. The students began surveying Kincaid Lake Park June 2 for signs that Sellers' body was there.

    They looked for pieces of thick denim, rusted zippers and metal eyelets that would have come from his work boots he wore that night almost 40 years ago.

    Associate clinical professor Dana Kollmann said it was a needle in the haystack type of search. "We‘re not looking for bones, we’re not looking for a victim, we’re looking for someone’s son," said Kollmann.

    The search was renewed in an investigatory manner.

    A Kincaid Lake Park ranger still had questions about the case and had time to review it during a slow winter season, according to Brian Jones, the Kenton County lead detective on the case. That's when the ranger recruited the Kentucky K-9 Search and Rescue Team nonprofit team to survey an area of interest.

    In March 2018 the team's dogs picked up an alleged scent of a decaying human body, which, paired with other information Jones was reviewing, renewed the search for Sellers' body. The area where the scent was found matched statements that serial killer Donald Evans gave in 1994 claiming to have killed Sellers, Jones said. At the time, Evans was on death row for the murder of a 10-year-old Missouri girl.

    Evans produced a hand drawn map to show police where he had buried Sellers but no body was found when police follow it. That same map, oriented a different way, matched where the scent was found and Evans' statements enough that Jones decided the new area needed to be searched. The police department gave Kollmann's students permission to search the identified area after the K-9 nonprofit group recommended her help after working with her previously.

    "My hope is that they keep this compassionate piece in mind," said Kollmann as she recounted their visit with Sellers parents before starting their search.

    The case will remain open and the search for Sellers will continue, said Kenton County Police Chief Spike Jones. He remembers growing up in Covington and hearing about the case. He was a freshman in high school when Sellers first went missing.

    "When new information comes up, it brings new life into the investigation," he said.
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