Rainbow City, Alabama’s Alan Livingston’s remains, car found 39 years after he went missing

Alan Douglas Livingston was 25 years and a resident of Rainbow City, Etowah County, Alabama, United States when he went missing in April 1983. Originally from Ohio, USA, he was an employee of a a tire plant of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company in Gadsden, Etowah County.

On April 13, 1983, Livingston visited a friend at the Forest River Apartments, which is now called the Summer Waters Apartments, in Gadsden and was seen driving a brown 1980 Ford Bronco. After that, he missed several days at work so a friend and co-worker reported him missing on April 16, 1983.


In June 1983, William Roth Jr., then 32, was accused of murdering a male victim in Clarksville, Texas, USA and arrested in Arkansas, USA. He told investigators that he hit the victim in Clarksville and Livingston in Gadsden but both victims were still alive when he left them.

Roth never gave a straight answer about what happened to Livingston. Investigators never got enough information to find Livingston or his 1980 Ford Bronco so they could not bring charges.

Currently, Roth is near death at a nursing home near San Antonio, Texas. He was sentenced to life in prison for the murder in Clarksville and remained in prison until 2012 when he was moved to the nursing home due to failing health.


In January 2022, scuba diver and emergency medical technician Chris Overstreet of Virginia, USA was conducting a water search on the Coosa River using sonar when he found a submerged 1980 Ford Bronco, 30 feet from the shoreline behind Summer Waters Apartments. He called the Gadsden Police Department.

An investigation was launched by the Gadsden Police Department and the Etowah County Dive Team. The vehicle had disintegrated so they enlisted the help of the Federal Bureau Investigation dive team.

On October 27, 2022, it was determined that the vehicle belonged to Livingston. Found inside the car were his skeletal remains, Alabama driver’s license in pristine condition, Social Security card and Goodyear identification card and Social Security card and the clothes he was last seen wearing.

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