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New Information Revitalizes Search For Teen Decades Later

Posted at 5:09 AM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 07:36:50-04

PENDLETON COUNTY, Ky. (WCPO)– Authorities are renewing the search for a teenager who went missing in 1980.

Police have learned new information they hope will help turn up the body of Randy Sellers.

In 1994, a convicted serial killer claimed to have murdered Sellers and left his body in Kincaid Lake State Park in Pendleton County.

Donald Evans made a map for police to show where he claimed to have left Sellers’ body, but a search based on that information was unsuccessful.

Now, park rangers suspect the confessed killer had the map upside down.

On Monday, the search continued on a hillside in Kincaid.

A group of 37 students from Towson University in Maryland made the trip to lead the search effort.

They were sifting through the top layer of soil, and we’re told the task isn’t easy.

Their professor says Sellers was likely left in a shallow grave and the acidic soil likely sped up the deterioration of any remains.

“Not one of these students out here is getting one college credit,” said Dana Kollmann, an associate clinical professor at Townson University. “They’re getting nothing but experience for this. They’re out here because they want to be here. They’re here because they want to find Randy Sellers.”

“Any time there is a tip or any new information from any source, we will investigate it to the fullest until that lead is exhausted and we will continue to do that until he’s found,” said Alan Johnson of the Kenton County Police Department.

Park rangers, sheriff’s deputies, and emergency managers are among the many people helping in this effort.

The search will continue through Tuesday and everyone is hoping to find something that brings Sellers’ family closure.