Melvin "Ferd" Banks, Gilbertsville, K...

Melvin "Ferd" Banks, Gilbertsville, Kentucky--Have you seen him?

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ole Shellie

Monterey, TN

#1 Mar 8, 2011
I had an uncle who would be about 86-87 if he is still alive. His name is Melvin Banks but we always called him Ferd. Uncle Ferd was a hobo, no other way to put it. He traveled the rail after he got out of WWII. Occasionally, he would stop in Gilbertsville, Kentucky to visit his sisters. He was once married and had two daughters but divorced and lost contact with them. No one has seen him since 1990, at least. All of his immediate family is dead. My grandmother went to her grave with him on her heart.
He traveled mostly between Louisiana and California. He was a slight man, bald with missing teeth.
He is not wanted for anything other than just wanting to know what happened to him. The last place anyone ever heard he was, was in the jail at Indio, California. In fact my granmother talked to a police officer out there who was well aware of my uncle and his rambling reputation but in 1992 or 1993 he hadn't seen him in some time. Her sister stated that a hobo died in a boxcar out there (she supposedly read this in a local paper)and they always wondered if this could have been Melvin Banks. If anyone has any information, pleas let us know!
ole Shellie

Monterey, TN

#2 Mar 9, 2011
Hello, good morning!
ole Shellie

Monterey, TN

#3 Mar 11, 2011
Moving this back up to the top because I know someone in that area has seen him. He spent too much time in the county and city jail and I know cops look at this topix stuff!
Ole Shellie

Monterey, TN

#4 Jul 22, 2011
Still looking for my uncle. He spent time in jail out there, some deputy surely remembers him. They told my grandmother they did!!

Cookeville, TN

#5 Oct 13, 2011
Wanting to move this up for a few day!

Pontiac, IL

#6 Apr 28, 2012
up to the top, again
Michelle Shellie

Benton, KY

#7 Jul 3, 2013
back to the top after a year

Benton, KY

#8 Jan 1, 2014
No one out there knows anything about a man being found dead in a boxcar around 1992???
Shellie again

Benton, KY

#9 Sep 1, 2014
Trying to keep this topic alive

Benton, KY

#10 Oct 13, 2015
we would like would like to know

Benton, KY

#12 Feb 1, 2017
Who are you Cate and why do you want to know?? I think he died and is out there in Indio and his body has never been identified.

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