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Missing Alvin E. Darrow Jr.
Alvin, circa 2017; Tim Darrow
Missing Since 07/27/2017
Classification Endangered Missing
Age 63 years old
Height and Weight 5'8, 185 pounds
Clothing/Jewelry Description A black Harley Davidson t-shirt, khaki shorts or blue jeans, and brown work boots.
Medical Conditions Alvin has a history of heart disease; he had a heart attack about five years prior to his disappearance and had stents implanted. He took medication daily at the time of his disappearance.
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, brown eyes. Alvin's nicknames are Al and Hopper.
He did arrive home safely sometime between 4:00 and 4:30, and a neighbor saw him pull into his driveway and stopped and talked to him. He told her he had to hurry back to the marina. The neighbor decided to leave when she saw Alvin's youngest son, Tim Darrow, approaching, because Alvin and Tim frequently had screaming arguments. A photo of Tim is posted with this case summary.
Conley first tried calling Tim to ask if he'd seen his father, but Tim didn't answer. He tried calling Jeremy, and Jeremy said he hadn't seen Alvin since he'd left the marina, so Conley drove out to the marina to speak to Jeremy and find out what was going on. When he arrived, Jeremy was visibly upset and said he'd just called Tim and asked what happened to Alvin.
Jeremy stated Tim had told him that four men on motorcycles had showed up at the house with a gun or guns, and that they were "upset with Alvin" and accused him of stealing one of their motorcycles. At first he said the men had thrown Alvin into a van and driven off with him, then he claimed Alvin had gotten onto a motorcycle and driven away. After Jeremy pointed out that Conley knew all of Alvin's motorcycles were still at the house, Tim changed his story again and claimed when the four bikers arrived he and Alvin had run away in different directions and didn't he know what happened to Alvin after that.
Conley said the reason he lied to the 911 dispatcher was because Tim and Jeremy hadn't called the police, and because he was so alarmed by what he saw at Alvin's residence and by the story he'd heard. He thought something terrible must have happened, but he also thought the police would not take it seriously if he tried to report Alvin missing because he was a healthy adult and had been seen alive and well only a few hours earlier, so he lied because he thought it would be more likely to get a quick response from the police.
After he made this call, Conley stayed by the house for about four hours and waited for the police, but they never arrived. He called 911 again just before midnight and told the truth this time. He said Alvin and Tim had been arguing earlier in the day, and that Alvin's phone was turned off and Rocky couldn't get in contact with him, and said that he was worried and wanted the police to check on Alvin's welfare. He provided both Alvin and Tim's addresses and said he hoped Alvin wasn't dead.
Tim told his brother that Alvin had put a stolen motorcycle inside his, Tim's garage. Tim said that had wanted the stolen property removed, and that he and Alvin were arguing about it when the four men with guns arrived. Tim had made a sixteen-second video of his encounter with Alvin; it was time-stamped 4:25 p.m. Neither man appeared to be injured in the video and there was no confrontation; in fact, Tim was laughing. He said, "Here's your bike," and Alvin was pacing the and didn't speak at all, but just lifted his hands to his head and then held them out to the side, as if he was confused or frustrated. The video clip ended just as Alvin appeared to be about to grab the motorcycle by the handlebars.
The stolen motorcycle was a white and silver Harley-Davidson with a custom turbo engine and other custom features; the owner, Thomas Wiley, had spent about sixty thousand dollars customizing it. It was found in Tim's garage after his disappearance, and Tim couldn't provide a consistent story as to how it got there.
The motorcycle, along with cash, several guns, ammunition and some electronics, had been stolen from a home in rural Lucas County, Ohio in a burglary on July 25, two days before Alvin went missing. No one was ever arrested in the burglary and the motorcycle is the only item that was ever recovered. It's unclear how it ended up on Alvin's property; although he was a motorcycle enthusiast, he did not know the people it had been stolen from.
After the motorcycle was found and towed to the impound lot, Wiley went went collect it. He noted some damage: the handlebars were bent, the paint was scratched and one mirror was broken off. It was otherwise functional. Wiley's brother drove the motorcycle home, and when Wiley was getting ready to wash it he noticed a blood on the fuel tank and the side of the engine. He called the police, who came over and processed the motorcycle for evidence. The blood turned out to be Alvin's. There was only a small amount of it, not enough to indicate a serious injury or death. Police also found Alvin's blood on a piece of plexiglass in Tim's garage, but there's no indication as to when the blood was left there.
Tim told police he never saw his father bleeding on the day of his disappearance and that their argument had been only verbal. He was unable to account for the blood on the motorcycle. However, when he was interviewed a few years later by journalist from the Toledo Blade, his story had changed. He said their argument about the stolen motorcycle turned physical as he was trying to push the bike out of his garage. Tim punched Alvin, Alvin punched the bike, both of them were bleeding, and the bike wound up getting damaged. He said when he left, Alvin was trying to push the motorcycle back into the garage.
According to Conley, Alvin had texted him a photo of the motorcycle at 4:15 p.m. on the day of his disappearance, just ten minutes before Tim made the video, and asked him to take a look at it while he was over collecting the money for the truck. According to Alvin, Tim had gotten the motorcycle, and Alvin thought Conley might want to purchase it. He never mentioned the the motorcycle was stolen, and Conley didn't learn that it was until after Alvin was reported missing.
Although Alvin has an extensive criminal record, mostly for violent offenses and drug offenses, but also for breaking and entering, theft, possession of stolen property and other crimes. He had been on drugs, in and out of jail, and in conflict with his family for most of his life. However, after his father died in 2012, Alvin had turned his life around, improved his relationships with his relatives, and stopped getting into trouble with the law.
Because he had changed his ways, neither police nor his family believe he would have stolen the motorcycle and put it in his son's garage. There is also no evidence that Tim stole the motorcycle, and investigators don't know how it came to be in Tim's garage. They do have a suspect in the burglary in which the motorcycle was taken, someone who wasn't a member of the Darrow family, and that person is now deceased.
Alvin was not close to his sons for most of his life, in large part because he spent so much of their childhoods in prison. After he turned his life around, his relationship with Jeremy improved. However, his relationship with Tim remained poor; their loved ones stated Tim resented his father and they fought constantly.
Alvin's family believes foul play must have been involved in his disappearance, as it's extremely uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. The police also think he was the victim of a homicide. It's unclear whether the burglary and the motorcycle has any connection to his case. His case remains unsolved.
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