A reward offered to locate the remains of Karol Marlene Sullens, who disappeared Aug. 31, 1991, has increased to $20,000, according to Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

“Karol’s family has experienced yet another year, another birthday, another Christmas, without the peace of mind of knowing where her remains are located. That’s 29 years of anguish with not being able to properly lay her to rest.

“Through the offer of this privately funded $20,000 reward, we are hopeful — and Karol’s family is hopeful — someone with direct knowledge as to the location of her body will find the courage to come forward at this time,” Groves said.

Sullens was last seen at the Valley Of The Dolls nightclub on Seventh Street in Galena on Aug. 31, 1991. She walked outside to speak to two men in a dark-colored pickup truck with a camper shell. She was working as an exotic dancer in 1991. Sullens has neither been seen nor heard from again.

Donald D. Kidwell was charged with second-degree murder in Sullens’ death in June 2001. The warrant used to arrest Kidwell alleges that he was responsible for Sullens’ death “unintentionally but recklessly under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.” Kidwell pleaded guilty to battery and obstruction of official duty and received 18 months and a $1,500 fine for his involvement in her disappearance, although he stated he did not sexually assault Sullens and did not intend to cause her death. The other person charged in Sullens’ death has since died.

Anyone with specific information about the location of Sullens’ remains can contact the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office at 620-429-3992, 620-848-3000, by visiting www.cherokeecountykssheriff.com or by texting 888777.  Just type “tip cherokee” followed by specific information.

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