Archive for Wednesday, November 27, 1996

DISAPPEARANCE STYMIES AUTHORITIES

November 27, 1996

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— A search for a missing rural Oskaloosa man entered its second week Tuesday with no confirmed sightings.

"We talked to about everybody we can think of," said Rick Jones, a Jefferson County sheriff's lieutenant investigating the disappearance of Kevin Newman, 24. "Right now, we're standing by, waiting."

Sheriff's officers and Lawrence police have been seeking information about Newman since Nov. 19, when a family member reported him missing.

Newman was last seen about 7:30 a.m. Nov. 15, when he left his girlfriend's residence in the 3000 block of West Seventh in Lawrence.

Jones said authorities received a tip this week that Newman was sighted in Manhattan, but the caller's description did not match Newman.

A tip that Jones' pickup truck was spotted Nov. 18 on Kansas Highway 10 near Lawrence also has not produced any leads.

Jones said that although the caller described the truck in detail, the truck was moved after it was spotted, and authorities have been unable to figure out who moved it.

"It was there, and then it wasn't there," Jones said. "And we can't find anybody that towed it."

Jones said authorities had sent a photograph of Newman to area television stations and asked them to broadcast it.

Officials have asked anyone with information about Newman's whereabouts to call sheriff's officers at (913) 863-2351 or Lawrence police at 841-7210.

Investigators said Newman, who has family in Lawrence and Oskaloosa, appeared to be untroubled when he left his girlfriend's residence. If he had made plans to leave the area, he apparently hadn't told anyone about them.

Newman was driving a red 1987 Ford Ranger XLT pickup. The four-wheel-drive pickup featured silver accents, large tires and rebel flags on the rear window and tailgate.

Newman is 5-feet-10 and 185 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

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