Authorities continue to look for missing man

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Local law enforcement agencies are on the lookout for Ironton resident Ivan Dickens who was reported missing nearly two weeks ago.

Dickens, a 34-year-old black male, was last seen Oct. 30 driving a friend's 1990 silver, 4-door Chevrolet Lumina with the license plate number CMF-1428. The car was found abandoned in an alley in Huntington, W.Va., late last night. The side window was busted out. He was expected to be at work at the End Zone later that night but never showed up, said Maria Taylor Dickens, his wife since February and mother of his 7-month-old daughter.

A missing persons report was filed with the Ironton Police Department Oct. 31. Dickens is described as a 5' 9" black male weiging approximately 240 pounds. He has short cut black hair and brown eyes. He has a noticeable scar across his forehead, Maria Dickens said.

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He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a light gray polo-style shirt and white and gray Nike athletic shoes.

So far, none of his friends or family members have heard from or seen him, Maria Dickens said.

"It is like he just disappeared off the face of the Earth or something," she said.

Detective Jim Akers of the IPD said that it is impossible to determine if there was any type of foul play or criminal activity involved in his disappearance.

The missing persons report has been entered into the nationwide computer database, he said.

"What it boils down to is he took another person's car and has never come back," Akers said. "We have been looking for him and hope that he is found unharmed."

Though he is originally from North Carolina, Ivan has lived in Lawrence County for about three years and was staying in Franklin Furnace, his wife said.

Maria Dickens said that nothing like this has happened before and that they had not been arguing or anything like that.