Herman J. Caldwell Jr.
Caldwell, approximately 1982; Leroy Nolan in 2004
Date reported missing : 03/03/1982
Missing location (approx) :
Columbia, South Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/22/1949 (72)
Age at the time of disappearance: 32 years old
Height / Weight : 5'5 - 5'8, 150 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue flowered shirt, black pants, black shoes and unspecified jewelry.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Caldwell was last seen in Columbia, South Carolina on March 3, 1982. He withdrew $500 from his bank account that day; this was the last activity on the account. He was driving a black and gray 1972 Pontiac Grand Prix with the South Carolina license plate number GOK 105 and VIN number 2K57TA195320, and may have been en route to Charleston, South Carolina. He has never been heard from again and his vehicle has never been recovered.
In 1978, four years before his disappearance, Caldwell was robbed and beaten by three men in the 2300 block of Gervais Street. He was able to identify one of his assailants as Leroy Nolan, also known as Tony Shelton, and a year later, Nolan was arrested for the assault.
Nolan was released from jail in October 1982. Just before his disappearance, Caldwell told his father he was being threatened by Nolan.
In 2004, Nolan and two other men were charged murder and kidnapping in connection with a double homicide that happened in 1978. They allegedly killed a woman and her two-year-old son on the same day Caldwell was attacked. A photo of Nolan is posted with this case summary.
Authorities hoped to learn more information about Caldwell's disappearance following Nolan's arrest, but they were unable to learn anything, and Nolan died in 2010.
Foul play is suspected in Caldwell's case, which remains unsolved.
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September 2021 updates and sources
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