CHADBOURN, NC — It has been over 30 years since Scotland County authorities found Alexander “Edwin” Shaw’s car smashed against a tree, a half-mile north of the town of Wagram. Shaw, 23 years old at the time, has never been seen since.
Now surviving family members are increasing the reward for information helping bring closure to the case.
Alexander Edwin Shaw IV was driving a 1972 Buick on U.S. 401 on the night of March 16, 1982, when the vehicle went off the road, flew over a ditch, and hit a pine tree. The N.C. Highway Patrol found the car hours after the crash, with Shaw’s wallet inside the vehicle and the car ignition on. There was no blood in the car — and no sign of Shaw.
Two women told the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office that they saw Shaw walking the next day on a highway south of Wagram, a town about 100 miles east of Charlotte and midway between Laurinburg and Raeford. There were numerous reported possible sightings of the young man in the years following the crash, but none of those ever were confirmed as being Shaw.
Shaw’s late father, Alexander “Sandy” Shaw III, surmised that his son might have suffered a head injury and had amnesia after the crash. The elder Shaw, who died in 2010, resigned his job as town manager in Chadbourn, a Columbus County town 150 miles east of Charlotte, to help look for his son.
In the week following Edwin Shaw’s disappearance, search efforts were launched by the National Guard, the U.S. Army, and local law enforcement units, along with friends of the family. The nearby Lumber River was searched.
But nothing ever was found.
Now Shaw’s sister, Grace Shaw Abrams, of Greenville, S.C., and his mother, Jane Blake Shaw, who still lives in Chadbourne are making another effort.
State officials initially offered a $5,000 reward for information in the case.
“Our family is offering an additional $5,000, making a total of $10,000 in reward money,” Abrams said.
Authorities say the reward will remain in effect indefinitely — until information helping to solve the case is provided.
Shaw was 5 feet 10 with blue eyes and reddish-brown hair. He had a pronounced Adam’s apple, family members said. At the time of his disappearance, he weighed 135 pounds. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, 910-276-3385.