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Missing Charles Ellsworth Duke
Duke, circa 2003
Missing Since 08/16/2003
La Junta, Colorado
Classification Endangered Missing
Date of Birth Used 08/10/1946 (74)
Age 57 years old
Height and Weight 5'11, 155 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Duke's nickname is Chuck. He has a scar on his right elbow.
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.
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