Name: Ernest L Vereen
Case Classification: Endangered Missing
Missing Since: October 10, 1984
Location Last Seen: Garden City Beach, Horry County, South Carolina
Date of Birth: October 10, 1984
Age: 72 years old
Weight: 175 lbs.
Hair Color: Gray or Partially Gray
Eye Color: Unknown
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Wears glasses, Has a heart condition
Fingerprints: Not Available
DNA: Not Available
Additional Personal Items: Glasses
Ernest Vereen was last seen in the Gardent City Area on October 10, 1984. Vereen, a mobile home park owner, was kidnapped for ransom. His body was never found, despite several searches.
In January 1985, Alvin Owens, a Myrtle Beach handyman who had sometimes worked for Vereen, was found guilty of kidnapping and sentenced to life imprisonment. In May 1986, Owens was found guilty of murder and sentenced to death, the first murder conviction in the state with the victim's body missing.
In November 1988, Owens' murder conviction was overturned because of an error by his attorneys. In February 1991, Owens was convicted of murder again. But this time, because of double jeopardy, he could only be sentenced to life in prison.
Agency Name: Horry County Sheriff
Agency Contact Person: Lt Jamie DeBari
Agency Phone Number: (843) 915-7985
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 101514184
NCIC Case Number: M-140438611
NamUs Case Number: 13236
The Charlotte Observer
Added: 3/8/11; Last Updated: 12/20/17
Questions or comments? Please contact appropriate member of the Area Team
** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.