Emerson Edward Carbaugh
Missing since November 11, 1985 from Robertsdale, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Emerson Carbaugh, of St Thomas, PA and his brother-in-law, Ralph Issett of Saxton, PA went turkey hunting in the mountains of Robertsdale. The men split up, each taking a different path through the woods. In late afternoon, Ralph emerged from the woods alone. He waited for a while but, with darkness quickly descending and thinking that perhaps Red had lost his way, Ralph fired 1/2 dozen rounds into the air. To no avail. His hunting partner was never seen again.
Despite exhaustive searches covering a 12-mile radius no evidence to his whereabouts were found.
In 2004, Red Carbaugh's wife was contacted by someone claiming to have information about Red's fate. According to this informant, Red had been killed and buried on a farm in the Robertsdale area. The person also claimed to have dug up a bone on the farm which was turned over to the State Police at Huntingdon, along with the information the person possessed. The State Police turned the bone over to the PA DNA lab in Greensburg, but because the bone was too small - a fragment only - and too degraded, it was impossible to extract any DNA from it.
Investigators Pennsylvania State Police
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Cpl Billy Brown
Pennsylvania State Police
Agency Case Number: G03-0262430
NCIC Number: M-176018538 Source Information: Return to the Unexplained Disappearances' Index
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
Public Opinion - 11/5/05
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