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Patrolman Clemmie E. Curtis | Huntington Police Department, West Virginia Huntington Police Department, West Virginia

Patrolman

Clemmie E. Curtis

Huntington Police Department, West Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, August 3, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Died in prison

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Patrolman Curtis' body was found handcuffed near his patrol car in a wooded area just outside of the Huntington city limit. He had been shot through the chest once. In January of 1985 one of America's worst serial killers, Henry Lee Lucas, on death row in Texas confessed that he and his partner Ottis Toole, on death row in Florida, had killed Patrolman Curtis.

Lucas died in prison in March of 2001. Toole is the primary suspect in the death of Adam Walsh. Police were still investigating the murder when Toole died of cirrhosis of the liver in prison in September of 1996.

Patrolman Curtis had been with the agency for nine years.

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Dearest Uncle Clemmie
Although I don't remember you, your death reflects the complication of life. The loss of you has affected the family and friends that you did not get the privilege of loving and those they love and so on and so on. So I have to believe that although you are not physically here with us it is with heavy hearts that your love carries on through your family, loving wife, daughters and grandchildren. Many of those mentioned are now with you and have found the same Peace that you have. For those of us left behind I feel your love along with those that have joined you. So it is with this love that you and my Grandma , Grandpa Nana (I can still feel her in her rocker)and my Dadthat you will live on. Thank you for your sacrifice
Cindy

Cindy
Niece
April 8, 2017

 

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