Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Mr. Ernest Vereen disappeared from his Horry County home some time between the evening of October 10 and the morning of October 11, 1984. There was evidence that a slight struggle had occurred in the kitchen. On the evening of the eleventh, Mr. Vereen's son, Alan, received a typewritten ransom demand for $250,000. Mr. Vereen's driver's license was included in the envelope. His body was never found, despite several searches.
On October 13, Alan Vereen delivered $75,000 in ransom to a location specified by a telephone caller who identified himself as his father's captor. Alvin Owens was observed picking up the money and was followed by law enforcement officers to his home. He was arrested and all but $18 of the $75,000 was recovered from him.
In 1986 Alvin Owens went on trial charges that he kidnapped and killed his employer, Garden City businessman Ernest Vereen, in 1984. Owens was convicted and sentenced to death even though Vereen's body has never been found. The death sentence was reduced to life in prison during a 1991 retrial.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Horry County Sheriff