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Hawkins was last seen on April 3, 1961 in Newport, Kentucky. He resided in Persimmon Grove, Kentucky at the time. He was employed as a law enforcement officer and also ran a small general store. He lived on the upper floor of the store.

On the day of his disappearance, Hawkins fixed his daughter's breakfast and saw her off to work, then said goodbye to his wife and left in his tan two-tone 1959 Plymouth Fury station wagon.

At 1:00 p.m. he called home, saying he had stopped by his attorney's office to meet with him about his upcoming IRS audit. Hawkins did not sound troubled at the time of the conversation, and stated he was on his way home. He never arrived and has never been heard from again.

On April 7, authorities found Hawkins's car in Dayton, Ohio, parked at the edge of a river. It had half a tank of gasoline and the key was still in the ignition. There was muddy water inside the vehicle; it appeared as if the car had been rinsed in muddy water and then wiped with a muddy rag. There was no sign of Hawkins at the scene.

Authorities believe organized crime was involved in Hawkins's disappearance. There is evidence that he was taking bribes from organized crime figures, including people who ran gambling businesses, in his capacity as a peace officer.

Allegedly, Hawkins kept increasing his prices and the criminals were tired of paying him, and arranged to have him murdered as a result. No one has been charged in connection with his disappearance, however; it remains unsolved.

Charley Project - http://charleyproject.org/case/george-william-hawkins


Had a childhood injury/illness that left him with one leg an inch shorter than the other. He wore one built-up shoe to compensate for the difference in the length of his leg bones

Clothing: Dark blue trousers, with red and black flannel shirt under a dark blue jacket with yellow lining and a blue gray hat
Eyewear: He wore dark rimmed glasses

Footwear: one built up shoe
Jewelry: Yellow gold masonic ring with emblem, and yellow-gold watch with leather band

NamUs - https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/3003


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Doe Network: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/1261dmky.html


In May 2017, a potential link between George and the remains of Carroll County John Doe was discovered. Esttella Hawkins, his mother, was exhumed from the Persimmon Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Campbell County to get her DNA and compare it with the skull of Carroll County John Doe. He was later ruled out to be the John Doe.



Media - https://www.crimewatchers.net/media...rom-newport-ky-since-3-april-1961-age-48.320/
 
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Jason Futch

Cold Case Researcher and Foodie
Thinking out loud—but this case has always made me think of The Chicken Man Phillip Testa. Bruce Springsteen wrote a song about him called Atlantic City. I know their situations are different but I always think of the Chicken Man case every time!
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Unsolved: Who killed Kentucky Constable George Hawkins?​

VIDEO AT LINK


Kentucky constable's disappearance linked to mafia​

In the 1960s, northern Kentucky had a very specific reputation. The original "Sin City," Newport was controlled by the Cleveland Mafia.

"They really owned everything in Northern Kentucky from, pardon my French, the whorehouse to the state house," author Peter Bronson said.

It is said law enforcement stayed out of the mafia's way, but Kentucky Constable George Hawkins refused to give in.

"The gangsters in Newport wanted to rope him in, shine a bad light on him, make him leave them alone," Hawkins' daughter Judy Barber said.

When Hawkins went missing in 1961, all signs pointed to something sinister. But he was never found, and his case remains unsolved.

MORE AT LINK
 

Mel70

I miss you Oreo.
I've read about his case before. You're involved in LE and messing with the mob, Bad news. They make sure someone is never found. I feel so bad for his family. Such a long time without any answers. And the mob keeps their secrets. If anyone opens their mouth if they know anything, They are dead too.
 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
If this man for any reason ran off or went into hiding, he is most definitely dead by now and buried with no one knowing who he was most likely. He'd be 109 years old about.
 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter

Unsolved: Who killed Kentucky Constable George Hawkins?​

VIDEO AT LINK


Kentucky constable's disappearance linked to mafia​

In the 1960s, northern Kentucky had a very specific reputation. The original "Sin City," Newport was controlled by the Cleveland Mafia.

"They really owned everything in Northern Kentucky from, pardon my French, the whorehouse to the state house," author Peter Bronson said.

It is said law enforcement stayed out of the mafia's way, but Kentucky Constable George Hawkins refused to give in.

"The gangsters in Newport wanted to rope him in, shine a bad light on him, make him leave them alone," Hawkins' daughter Judy Barber said.

When Hawkins went missing in 1961, all signs pointed to something sinister. But he was never found, and his case remains unsolved.

MORE AT LINK
Just reading here. In the beginning I read he was charging the mafia more and more and taking bribes and yet here the daughter claims he was like the only one wanting to catch them and charge them... Completely different accounts... I mean that's not a small difference... Not sure what to believe...
 

Mel70

I miss you Oreo.
I personally think it was the mob. People will disagree with me no matter what I say. But, It seems the most likely to me. Trying to charge them. It's definitely motive for them and the mob doesn't give anyone another chance to drop the charges.
 

GrandmaBear

Deputized Emu Slayer/Horse Thief Hunter
I personally think it was the mob. People will disagree with me no matter what I say. But, It seems the most likely to me. Trying to charge them. It's definitely motive for them and the mob doesn't give anyone another chance to drop the charges.
It makes as much or more sense than anything but the fact he had an audit if true strikes thoughts too... I mean why would that put the mob in any fear (if audit related)? At first I thought it meant he was the mob's accountant but apparently not... However, if he was taking bribes as the one account claims and he lived well beyond his means with the cop job and grocery store, maybe the mob knew they'd be looking into where the extra money was coming from....?

To me, the mob kills snitches or those they worry about flipping or snitching... I mean I guess they might take out a cop who is always charging them etc. but it isn't the cop who charges, it is the D.A....

And the muddy car doesn't really sound mob to me either... Aren't they more cold execution style... No elaborate cover ups...?
 

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