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Karol Sullens Missing 30 Years - $30,000.00 Reward Offered for Information


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Tuesday, August 31, 2021, marks 30 years since Karol Marlene Sullens was last seen alive when she disappeared from a Galena, Kansas nightclub.

"Over the past three decades, numerous tips and information have been received and followed up on, leading investigators and other organizations to search multiple areas, fields and mine shafts in Southeast Kansas and Northeast Oklahoma.  Unfortunately, none of those searches have allowed us to recover Karol's body," according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

In exchange for his testimony, in the fall of 2001 Don Davis told the court he drove Karol and Donald Kidwell from the nightclub to a remote area.  According to Davis, Kidwell later returned to the truck without Sullens. 

Davis has since passed away and Kidwell pled guilty in the spring of 2002 to battery and interference with law enforcement in connection to his role in Sullens' disappearance. The plea agreement stipulated Kidwell would give a 'truthful statement of the events causing the death of Karol Sullens and as to where the remains of Karol Sullens may be located.'

"The family of Karol Sullens has suffered far too long with grief and agony over not being able to properly lay their loved one to rest.  Because we believe there may still be someone with information as to where Karol's body is located, a $30,000.00 reward is being offered for direct information leading to the discovery of her remains," concluded Sheriff Groves.

The funding for the reward is being made available by a private source. 

If someone has specific information related to Karol's whereabouts, they can contact the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office at 620-429-3992, 620-848-3000, by visiting the agency website at or by texting 888777.  Just type 'tip cherokee' followed by the specific information they wish to provide.

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