Edward Leroy Nichols
Nichols, approximately 1974
Date reported missing : 12/03/1974
Missing location (approx) :
Gallatin County, Kentucky
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 160 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : An Army fatigue jacket, blue jeans and white socks.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Nichols's nicknames are Ed and Eddie. He had a beard at the time of his disappearance.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Nichols was last seen on December 3, 1974. At 9:00 a.m., he left his parents' home in Florence, Kentucky to go deer hunting with a friend, David Stites. They stopped at a store so Nichols could buy some hunting socks, then went to Shady Nook Bottoms, off Southfork Road, about ten miles west of Union, Kentucky.
According to Stites, when he and Nichols arrived at the place where they planned to hunt and got out of the car, they went off in different directions. They were supposed to meet again at the car at 3:00 p.m. Stites said he last saw him in the woods near the Gallatin County, Kentucky line. When he went back to the car at the agreed-upon time, Nichols wasn't there. Stites waited for him for four hours before calling police.
Stites was subsequently fined $114 for hunting deer out of season, and Nichols would have faced similar charges had he reappeared. Nichols was on probation for a drug charge at the time of his disappearance, and a warrant was issued for his arrest after he missed a meeting with his probation officer after he went missing.
Authorities do not believe Nichols left of his own accord or suffered an accident while hunting; they think he was probably the victim of a homicide. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Kentucky State Police
September 2021 updates and sources
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