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

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

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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!


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Unsolved: Who killed Kentucky Constable George Hawkins?​


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.


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