In 1985, a man was killed because of his new Chevy Camaro. Although cars are stolen every day, there are times when carjackings reach alarming levels, often turning violent. Today, most of the details of Donald Boardman’s disappearance remain unknown. The only person who could possibly explain the event has yet to be found. In fact, 37 years have passed with a man missing and the body unidentified.
An unlikely duo solves the cold case of a missing man and a stolen Camaro
Housewife Barbara King Ladd recently solved a cold case that investigators couldn’t solve. It’s been decades since Donald Boardman’s disappearance made headlines. But thanks to a woman’s curiosity, some cases have been solved.
According to Fox News, Ladd became fascinated when he read reports of former investigators being “still haunted” by the discovery of skeletal remains found by a fisherman in a river on Interstate 24 in Tennessee. No one could identify the corpse.
Ladd was curious and started combing through the missing persons file—not just in Tennessee.
“I thought it would be worth the effort to cross state lines to dispose of bodies. So I hone Georgia because it’s close to Marion County.”
Barbara King Ladd via Fox 5 Atlanta
During his search, he came across a missing persons report for Boardman. Family and friends had reported the Georgian man missing in 1985. He disappeared shortly after buying a new Camaro.
After researching the reports and finding Boardman, Ladd compared his photos with Marion County John Doe’s sketches and found they were very similar. Convinced that he had discovered the identity of the long-dead John Doe, he messaged the Chamblee Police Department with his findings. The message reached crime analyst Lori Bradburn, a civilian who works for the department.
Thankfully, Bradburn decided to follow through on the tip. He found and contacted Boardman’s sister in Florida and obtained a DNA sample. It was a match for John Doe.
After decades, the mystery of Donald Boardman’s disappearance is at least partially solved. Now his family knows he’s really gone and could have some closure.
But who killed Donald Boardman, and why?
Authorities know that Boardman was murdered. But how did he meet his destiny? And why?
A few weeks after his disappearance, Boardman’s 1985 Chevy Camaro appeared in East Point, Tennessee. Two men and a woman were in the vehicle, but police found no answers to explain what happened to Boardman. Both men have died, leaving the woman potentially the only living person who knows how Boardman died. Investigators hope to contact him for more information.
“From what I can gather, it appears to be a bad heist,” Bradburn told Fox 5 Atlanta in May 2022.
Authorities speculate that after killing Boardman, his attacker dumped his body across state lines. They wanted his Camaro, and it cost him his life.
It is horrifying to imagine the 36-year-old man losing his life to a car thief.
The 1985 Chevrolet Camaro is a hot car
The Chevy Camaro Donald Boardman was a cool car in the 80s and remains a coveted model, especially the enhanced IROC version.
In 1985, the Camaro was able to get buyers back $8,511 to $11,134, reports Car Gurus. Today, the same car in good condition can fetch $30,000. This model is sure to have its fans, and more and more car enthusiasts are looking to the dwindling supply of ’80s Camaros for their collections.
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