Charles Ellsworth Duke
North American Missing Persons Network
Charles Ellsworth Duke

Above Images: Duke, circa 2003

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 16, 2003 from La Junta, Orero County, Colorado
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 10, 1946
  • Age: 57
  • Height: 5'11"
  • Weight: 155 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Case Number: 03-0644

  • Details of Disappearance
    Charles Duke was last seen in La Junta, CO on August 16, 2003. He and a companion, Pam Eddings, were traveling in a van in the Vogel Canyon area of La Junta. According to Eddings, the van became high-centered and they decided to abandon it and walk back town. Eddings said she was unable to make the trip and Mr. Duke left her and went for help; he never arrived home and has never been heard from again. A rancher eventually found Eddings and took her back to La Junta.

    In late September 2003, six weeks after Mr. Duke's disappearance, a residence he owned which was occupied by his niece and her family caught on fire after an explosion which was determined to be arson. The fire has not been connected to Mr. Duke's disappearance and his case remains unsolved. Charles Duke grew up in Piqua, Ohio. He joined the army and was shot in Vietnam. Treated at a VA Hospital, he was disabled. He was an avid fisherman and a VFW member. Duke's family believes he is a homicide victim.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Otero County Sheriff

    Source Information
    Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI)