Name: Kevin Lee Ellsworth
Case Classification: Missing
Missing Since: July 11, 1982
Location Last Seen: International Falls, Koochiching County, Minnesota
Date of Birth: September 25, 1963
Age: 18 yrs old
Weight: 180 lbs
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Blue
Distinguishing Marks/Features: Kevin had a motorcycle accident and had a steel pin or screw placed in the area of one hand/wrist.
Fingerprints: Not Available
Clothing: White bell bottom pants and an Ivy league hat; Nike tennis shoes.
Jewelry: Gold necklace.
Additional Personal Items: Set of keys.
Kevin Ellsworth disappeared the night of July 11, 1982 when he was reported to have been sleeping in a basement room of the Rex Hotel the night it burnt down. He'd done some janitorial work for his father in the hotel and had a key. After flames engulfed the hotel, the car Ellsworth had been using earlier that day was found across the street from the hotel. After the fire, his remains were not found, and it was rumored that a woman recognized a person with Ellsworth's distinctive style of clothing walking in the Falls the next day.
Earlier in the night of his disappearance, he was involved in a disruption at the local Union Hall. In the continuing investigation officers had found that a person who was with Kevin Ellsworth at the Union Hall stated that about 0230 Kevin left from the Union Hall heading toward the Bowling alley. His parting words were "Anybody who stayes around here is going to jail, come with me to heaven."
His remains were not recovered, and soon after, a key from the Rex Hotel was found in a nearby area. It is unknown if the key recovered was from the room Kevin was purported to be sleeping in. He has ties to Washington State as that is where his family lived.
Agency Name: International Falls Police Department
Agency Contact Person: N/A
Agency Phone Number: 218-283-4416
Agency E-Mail: N/A
Agency Case Number: 82070226 / 1982-070226
NCIC Case Number: MN0360100
NamUs Case Number: 12968
International Falls Police Department
Added: 2/9/2012; Last Updated: 7/9/2017
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** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.