Charles Ellsworth Duke
Duke, approximately 2003
Date reported missing : 08/16/2003
Missing location (approx) :
La Junta, Colorado
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 08/10/1946 (74)
Age at the time of disappearance: 57 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 155 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Duke's nickname is Chuck. He has a scar on his right elbow.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Duke was last seen in La Junta, Colorado on August 16, 2003. He and a companion, Pam Eddings, were traveling in Duke's niece's blue and gray minivan in the Vogel Canyon area south of La Junta. According to Eddings, the van became high-centered and they decided to abandon it and walk back to town.
Eddings said she was unable to make the trip and Duke left her and went for help at approximately 12:00 p.m. He never arrived home and has never been heard from again. A rancher eventually found Eddings and took her back to La Junta. The van was found on August 18, in a pasture about 44 miles south of La Junta.
In late September 2003, six weeks after Duke's disappearance, the Ordway, Colorado residence owned by him and occupied by his niece and her family caught fire after an explosion. A man and three young children were severely burned in the fire, but all the victims recovered from their injuries. Authorities determined the fire was arson, but they haven't connected it to Duke's disappearance.
Duke is an avid fisherman. He was born in Piqua, Ohio and later lived in Kentucky. He is a U.S. Army veteran and was wounded in the Vietnam War. His case remains unsolved and his family believes he was murdered.
Other information and links : ncy
Otero County SheriffÂ’s Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
The La Junta Tribune-Democrat
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October 12, 2004. April 19, 2016; Height / Weight : added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
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