Claude and Sue Shelton Missing from C...
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wondering

Dyer, TN

#25 Aug 26, 2012
so you think they might be buried under the lake
hmmm

Middlesboro, KY

#26 Aug 26, 2012
Im only 34, so obviously I didnt know them, but I have my own theory on what happened. I know their landlord where they resided, and have heard the story many times. I was told they had put their children in bed, and decided to go to kings truck stop for dinner. One of the children had heard them say this before leaving. When they left the house, they were never seen or heard from again. I can only guess that somewhere between Gerrys trailer park and Kings, they ran into trouble. If I were guessing, I would say they possibly stopped to help someone having car trouble, since Claude was a mechanic. Maybe they were robbed, or who knows what happened. From the story I heard, they never made it to Kings. Initially, some people thought they had left town, but that dosent seem reasonable since Claude had a good job at Owens, and he left his tools, children, etc... I was told his trailer was almost paid off, and he had money in the bank. Its obvious, these folks didnt leave willingly. The one thing that really astounds me is that their car was never recovered. People do not vanish into thin air. If I were a gambling man, i would bet that they stopped to help someone along the road, were robbed, killed, and put in laurel lake. It only makes sense. This happened when the lake was being built, and if a person knew the area, it could have been easily done. Its not easy to dispose of a car, but if it were parked in a hole 100 feet under water, it could go undiscovered for years. Someone has to know something. For the sake of this family, and the sake of doing the right thing, please step up and tell the police what you know. This family deserves closure in this case. No crime goes undetected, do the right thing and say something.
no name

Ashland, VA

#29 Apr 30, 2014
Cars are very easy to get rid of...smash and trash...there is more to this story than people realize...people are too afriad to talk ( those who are left)...they didnt run away...i wish people would come forward...it was foul play...give their children peace of mind...
stephanie

Willimantic, CT

#30 May 2, 2014
no name wrote:
Cars are very easy to get rid of...smash and trash...there is more to this story than people realize...people are too afriad to talk ( those who are left)...they didnt run away...i wish people would come forward...it was foul play...give their children peace of mind...
There seems to be an inordinate number of unsolved situations. A friend of mine supposedly died, but no one can provide a death certificate. Not only that, but nobody seems to remember him, or is willing to commit to knowing him. I certainly hope the family of the missing couple gets the closure they deserve. My thoughts and prayers are with them. I know what it's like to live every day not knowing what happened...
Local resident

Middlesboro, KY

#31 May 2, 2014
I firmly believe the vehicle is underwater in either city lake or dorthae lake.
Local resident

Middlesboro, KY

#32 May 2, 2014
I say this because both are in close proximity to north corbin, both are not heavily used, and both have access points in the north corbin area. Once laurel lake was built, these lakes were rarely used. If the car was dumped in the rockcastle at bee rock, it would have been discovered when the lake was dropped, same as london dock and noes dock. Due to the close proximity to north corbin, I would bet on dorthae lake or city lake. Neither one of them have a public boat ramp anymore, and need to be checked for submerged cars.
Corbin guy

Middlesboro, KY

#33 May 2, 2014
I've researched this a lot. If the family reads this post, please leave an email so I can contact you. I believe I have some info that could help you solve this.
sad

Corbin, KY

#34 May 3, 2014
I think after all these years the family needs to know what really happened hope they find out the truth.
stephanie

Willimantic, CT

#36 May 12, 2014
sad wrote:
I think after all these years the family needs to know what really happened hope they find out the truth.
I'm with you. They've gone through hell long enough. Information won't change the situation, but closure would lessen the pain some.
crazy

United States

#37 May 18, 2014
Local resident wrote:
I firmly believe the vehicle is underwater in either city lake or dorthae lake.
Call me crazy, but I've lived here my whole life and never heard of Dorthae lake. Where is it?
pleasehelp

East Bernstadt, KY

#38 May 18, 2014
Corbin guy wrote:
I've researched this a lot. If the family reads this post, please leave an email so I can contact you. I believe I have some info that could help you solve this.
If you have info that might help solve it why not contact the detective in charge of this case?? Don't wait for family to see your post. Please report what info you have right away.
Fisherman

Middlesboro, KY

#39 May 18, 2014
Dorothae lake is located off of hopewell rd. it goes like this ....laurel lake backs up to city dam, city lake backs up to dorothae dam, dorothae lake backs up to Robinson creek.
Laurel Lake

Pella, IA

#40 May 19, 2014
The clearing for laurel lake was ongoing in january of 1974 when the water level got so high they had to stop work.
There was no 100 foot deep holes underwater until it got almost full.
Mysterious

New Albany, IN

#44 May 15, 2015
I have a question to those of you who lived there when this happened and to the family, if they may know. I got on Google maps to study what routes they may have taken to go from home to Kings Truck Stop and I also pulled up the weather history for Corbin that week. I also found the newspaper for the Sunday and Monday following online. The weather was dry all week before the disappearance. The night they went out was on the cool side - in the 40s. If either of them smoked, they may have had the car windows partially open to ventilate the smoke. One thing that jumped out at me was that the newspaper reported that there was a highly intoxicated driver that wreaked a bit of havoc in the area before the police caught up with him and arrested him that weekend. The print was too small for me to determine exactly what day of the weekend this guy was out cruising, Friday or Saturday.

Like many others have said, I suspect the car and Mr. and Mrs. Shelton are probably under water in the area. One route they may have taken takes them over two long bridges across a very wide creek (river? narrow lake?)- on KY-312 (Gordon Hill Pike) and on KY-770, going east toward the exit 29. It was a clear night and this route may have been a pleasant drive on such a night and only added about a mile to their drive. I'm not sure what the condition of either of those bridges may have been in '71, or even if they were there at all, since Laurel Lake was being built at that time. From the looks of the approaches to both bridges now, I can see how someone swerving to avoid a head-on collision with another car, deer or cattle, on approach to both bridges could easily rocket airborne and into the river/creeks below, if they left the road on the right at high speed on approach to the bridges. If windows were rolled up, exiting the car (if they were still conscious at all) could be very difficult, if not impossible, unless they were clear-headed enough after impact to think of rolling the windows down. I recall back in those days, we seldom took advantage of seat belts. Very few people used them and my parents only made us put them on when traffic or the weather was threatening. Hitting the water could have been enough impact to knock unsecured occupants out on the dashboard or the window.

Another possible route that takes them through town, goes up Laurel Ave, and, just past Engineer Bridge, they are driving along a waterway on the right hand side, before crossing another bridge on 25W. That bridge is obviously old enough to have been there at the time. I do wonder if the water wasn't much deeper and wider then, if the damming up of Laurel Lake had not yet been fully completed.

I am basing both theories on the presumption that something happened to them en route to Kings Truck Stop, since the employees there do not remember them having arrived.

What would have been the typical route from the trailer park to King's back then? Did either of them smoke? How deep and wide was the water in all those water ways back at that time? Did they have a penchant for taking the "scenic route" when going somewhere? As far as the money goes, when I was 10 or 11, anything more than 2 or 3 folded bills looked like a lot of money to me and, back then, we didn't have ATMs and debit cards. You carried a credit card, checkbook, or kept cash at hand to fill up the gas tank, eat out, etc. Did they have a savings or checking account where the bulk of that "saved" money may have been kept?

It's a shame that this family, especially the children, have had to live with this for so long. I would so love to see them get some answers.
Mysterious

New Albany, IN

#45 May 15, 2015
Now that I look at it, the current bridge on I-75 looks newer than the 70s. That would be a potential spot to exit the road, too, depending on how deep and wide the water was in '71. Any flooding in the years since could have washed a vehicle further downstream, if it entered the water there. Like I said, you folks from around those parts know more about those water ways then and now than what I can tell from Google maps.
Bill

Corbin, KY

#46 May 17, 2015
Mysterious wrote:
Now that I look at it, the current bridge on I-75 looks newer than the 70s. That would be a potential spot to exit the road, too, depending on how deep and wide the water was in '71. Any flooding in the years since could have washed a vehicle further downstream, if it entered the water there. Like I said, you folks from around those parts know more about those water ways then and now than what I can tell from Google maps.
I have wondered about this mystery many years. I have did research as well. I have my theories about the whereabouts of the vehicle. I'm guessing the 770 bridge area, or dorothae lake
Bob

Evansville, IN

#49 Oct 20, 2016
Sounds like they drove into the lake
Corbin Resident

Manchester, KY

#50 Oct 25, 2016
I have tried contacting this family, but am having no luck. I have info that may help them solve this. Does anyone know this family?
Bob

Evansville, IN

#51 Oct 25, 2016
Corbin Resident wrote:
I have tried contacting this family, but am having no luck. I have info that may help them solve this. Does anyone know this family?
Then you should call the police
Corbin Resident

Manchester, KY

#52 Oct 26, 2016
Bob wrote:
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Then you should call the police
Bob, as a former deputy I can assure you that a cold case from 1971 is at the bottom of their priority list. I think I can solve this mystery.

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