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🚨Burned Automobile of Three Rights Workers Found Near Philadelphia, Miss.

June 23, 1964 - The automobile of three missing civil rights workers was found burned today 15 miles northeast of Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Discovery of the 1964 Ford station wagon aroused deep concern over the fate of the men and brought an intensified search by agents of the FBI and by state highway patrolmen.

The three men have not been heard from since Sunday night, when they were released from the Neshoba County jail. They had been arrested four hours earlier, shortly after they began work in a two-month civil rights campaign in Mississippi.

The missing men are Michael Schwerner, a 24-year-old member of the Congress of Racial Equality from Brooklyn; James Chaney, 21, a plasterer from Meridian, Miss., also a CORE member; and Andrew Goodman, 20, a Queens College student from New York. Mr. Schwerner and Mr. Goodman are white; Mr. Chaney is a Negro.

FBI agents, acting on a tip, found the station wagon wreckage in a swamp on Bogue Chitto Creek, about 50 feet off State Highway 21, in the county’s northeastern corner.

H.G. Maynor, special agent in charge of the FBI’s New Orleans office, declined to say if clothing or other items belonging to the three men had been recovered.

Mr. Maynor said the search would be continued by agents sent to Mississippi from Washington and by the state patrolmen. Two helicopters assisted in the hunt through the swamps and rolling red hills.


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