Episode 39: Darwin Vest Part 1

March 15, 2018

Darwin K. Vest was known for his brilliant insight and scientific mind. In the 80’s, he conducted a famous study about Hobo Spiders which changed how the arachnid was perceived. But when Darwin went missing in the early morning hours of June 2nd, 1999, his work would forever remain unfinished.

That night, Darwin had been drinking in downtown Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he lived and worked. He was with a friend named Lee Curtis at a bar called The Golden Crown. According to police reports, Lee left to find an ATM, and when he returned, Darwin was gone. Bartenders later reported that Darwin had finished half of his beer and then walked out of a northern entrance. This was the last time he was ever seen.

In part one of our story, we discuss the specifics of Darwin’s disappearance with a close family member and Eric Seneff, another friend who was with Darwin the night he went missing.

Darwin Vest at work.


The Frosty Gator.


The Golden Crown.


Map from The Golden Crown to Darwin’s house.


*photo credit from our friends at East Idaho Cold Cases Рcheck them out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EastIdahoColdCases/

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