A reward has been announced for information that leads to the recovery of the remains of Karol Sullens, who was murdered 29 years ago but her body has never been found.

On Aug. 31, 1991, Karol Marlene Sullens disappeared from a Galena strip club, the Valley of the Dolls, after she finished her night shift. 

Two Picher, Oklahoma, men, Donald Kidwell and Don Davis, later were charged in Sullens’ disappearance. Kidwell was charged with second degree murder but he and Davis pleaded to misdemeanor battery and obstruction of duty in 2002.

Davis told investigators that Sullens passed out from a drug overdose while they were driving. Davis told authorities that he drove to a remote area northwest of Galena where Kidwell carried Sullens’ body out of the pickup and returned alone.

“For the past 29 years, Karol’s family has had to struggle with not being able to properly lay her to rest. That’s an anguish which continues with each passing day,” said Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves in a news release.

“In an effort to locate Karol’s remains, through private funds, today we are announcing a $10,000 reward for information which directly leads to her discovery.”

“Our hope — and the hope of Karol’s family — is that someone who has direct knowledge of where her body is located will be compelled now, after all these years, to come forward and speak up,” Groves said.

If someone has specific information as to the location of Karol’s remains, they can contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 620-429-3992, 620-848-3000, by visiting the agency website at www.cherokeecountykssheriff.com or by texting 888777.  Just type ‘tip cherokee’ followed by the specific information they wish to provide.

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