James Willard McNeely
North American Missing Persons Network
James Willard McNeely

Above Images: McNeely

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 8, 1972 from Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Age: 37
  • Height: 6'2"
  • Weight: 200 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Black
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Clothing: McNeely could have been wearing any manner of uniform.
    A standard KSP uniform, a jump suit utility uniform complete with KSP
    shoulder patches or even civilian clothing. Possibly a KSP issued duty
    gun belt, a sidearm (revolver), 12 rounds of ammunition, two dump pouches,
    and handcuffs.
  • Case Number: 12-12133

  • Details of Disappearance
    James McNeely, a Kentucky State Trooper, drowned in the Kentucky River while on a flood rescue mission in Franklin county, KY in April of 1972.

    His boat was swept over the dam at Lock 4 in Frankfort. His remains have not been recovered.

    Boating Officer David Childs also died and his body was recovered from the Ohio River near Tell City, Indiana. State police said the river was swollen from rain, and there was a swift current. At the time of the men's deaths, the state police were responsible for enforcing boating safety laws.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kentucky State Police Post 12

    Source Information
    The Herald-Leader