MP of the week on time for once

This week it’s Ernest Vereen, an elderly man who disappeared from South Carolina in 1984. He was forcibly kidnapped from his home and then his family got a ransom demand for $250k. It turned out the abductor was Alvin Owens, who had worked for Ernest as a handyman. He was convicted of kidnapping, and later of murder. It was the first case in South Carolina where they got a murder conviction without a body.

Owens was LWOPed (that is, sentenced to life without parole). Presumably he’s still in prison if he’s alive, but he might be dead now. This 1986 article about the case lists his age as 55, meaning he’d be more than 80 years old now.

Ernest’s body might be buried near the U.S. 17 highway bypass in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In any case, I’m pretty sure he’s not this guy who got arrested in Florida last year.

5 thoughts on “MP of the week on time for once

  1. Amy White July 25, 2012 / 11:34 pm

    not him….hahahahah!

  2. Cattt July 27, 2012 / 5:40 am

    Is there a set time a person can file a missing persons report? Like does a person still have to wait 24 hrs? or is that for adults only? Im writing something and wanted to know. Im in Florida.

    • Meaghan July 27, 2012 / 5:50 am

      No, there isn’t a set time. The police can refuse to accept a report if it’s an adult and they don’t think enough time has passed, but they are required by federal law to accept reports of missing minors immediately.

  3. Danielle July 28, 2012 / 1:55 am

    I know you don’t watch a lot of television…so I’m wondering if you have seen/heard of Disappeared hosted by Beth Holloway. Usually one 60 minute show, will report on 2 missing people. 30 minutes each. Some are familiar cases, like Amy Bradley and Maura Murray or Carrie Culberson. She interviews parents/loved ones. The three women who disappeared from Springfield, Missouri is a really sad case. Old but still “interesting.”
    Some are not so known cases. Just wondering what you think.
    This is something Beth does to ease her pain.
    I bring this up b/c some family members NEED to do something to ease their pain and also helps others. I’m sure Charley Project will be mentioned in the future.

    • Meaghan July 28, 2012 / 2:09 am

      Heard of it, but never seen it.

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