Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Oscar Nedd was last seen on January 7, 1975 at a boarding house in White Plains, NY.
In December 1974, he received a call from a nephew, Joshua Fluellen, who was in town and needed a place to stay. Nedd had no idea that Fluellen had escaped from a jail in Georgia days earlier. His sister last spoke to Nedd on January 1, 1975, and told him that the nephew had shot someone in Georgia. Oscar was stunned and upset. His sister never heard from him again. When a week went by with no word from Oscar, relatives reported him missing.
Police found no sign of either man at the rented room in downtown White Plains, just blood splattered across the room and a witness who claimed, in a sworn statement, that he had seen Mr. Fluellen struggling to carry a large rug that appeared to contain a body down a staircase, then put the rug in a car trunk and drive off.
A month passed with no other progress. Then on February 14, 1975, the White Plains Police Department received a call from the authorities in Las Cruces, N.M., saying they had arrested Mr. Fluellen in a string of armed robberies there and in Arizona. When he was arrested, documents show, Mr. Fluellen identified himself as Oscar Nedd and was driving Mr. Nedd's 1972 Dodge.
He later claimed that he and Mr. Nedd drove to California for a vacation in January 1975 and that he left Mr. Nedd there. He said he never saw him again and has no idea what happened to him. Nor did he know why there were blood stains in Mr. Nedd's room or why a neighbor claimed to have seen him removing a body. Oscar's body has never been found. He was declared legally dead in 2005.
One of seven children born in his family home in Marshallville, Georgia, Oscar Nedd was described by relatives as a star high school athlete and an excellent student. He was deeply religious. After graduating from high school in 1970, Mr. Nedd left his small town for White Plains, in search of a college education and a better life. He strived to put himself through college and become a reporter. Oscar was working two jobs, one at a cleaning service and another at a laundry, and he had accumulated about $1,500 in savings. He was also planning his wedding to a young woman in White Plains.
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