HOT SPRINGS – Almost 11 years after the body of Mississippi millionaire Charles Ewing and his brand new Cadillac was found at the bottom of Lake Hamilton, her daughter still has questions about her death.
Ewing, 56, of Tunica, Mississippi, had visited Hot Springs during the week when workers painting the exterior of the Clarion Resort, now the DoubleTree by Hilton Hot Springs, spotted a vehicle submerged in 8 to 10 feet of water. water just before noon. on Monday May 16, 2011.
According to the private investigative report obtained from Ewing’s daughter, Amery Ewing Moore, Ewing had purchased the black CTS coupe, still with the temporary paper labels on the back, from the local Cadillac dealership the previous Saturday. His body and vehicle were found about 100 feet offshore, behind the hotel parking lot.
Ewing, a prominent Tunica County farmer and businessman, often vacationed in Hot Springs, according to his daughter. This weekend he was there with two women in their twenties. Ewing and the two women – one, Ewing’s ex-fiancee’s nanny in Mississippi, and the other, a stripper from Memphis – arrived Wednesday night and spent the next few days doing the show. party at local bars and strip clubs until the early hours of the morning. , according to the report.
Ewing, who had been diagnosed with manic depression, was said to have shown large sums of money throughout his stay. Ewing Moore said she was aware of at least $ 20,000 to $ 30,000 he had on him. He was also seen flashing a cooler containing several thousand more.
Two days before buying the Cadillac, he had bought a black Dodge Challenger from another local dealership. The seller, according to the report, said Ewing showed him a satchel full of cash and told him he had $ 1 million with him.
Although it is not known how he and his Cadillac ended up in the water, the incident occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday May 15. “Unsolved Mysteries” featured the incident on its August 18, 2021 podcast episode. “Where’s the money?”
Ewing Moore, a divorce lawyer in Holly Springs, Mississippi, who was interviewed at length in the episode, told The Sentinel-Record that she had only been able to listen to it recently.
“I just couldn’t,” she said. “And my mother said to me, ‘I can’t listen to him either. “But I think I’m just now in a place, because I’m 41, that I am – I hate to say quite mature – but I’m, at this point, kind of able to step back and be it. look and say, ‘You know, I might not know it. I might not come to know it.’ “
Late that Saturday evening, Ewing was seen in the hotel bar with the two women and, according to the report, left a cashier’s check, which was then delivered to the hotel office. After visiting the bar, the women hired a masseuse for Ewing, although it would be a short visit. Shortly after being dropped off by her manager, the masseuse frantically called her back, asking to be picked up. According to interviews obtained for the report, she told her manager after getting in the car: “Get me out of here, I think they drugged me. My head is spinning and my muscles are not working properly. “
The masseuse will explain later that upon arriving in the room, one of the girls asked her if she would like something to drink, to which she replied: “A beer would be great”. She was offered an open bottle of beer and drank it as she inspected the room. The girls then presented her with a tray of assorted drugs, which she refused, noting that she was not a drug user and only wanted to do the massage and leave.
When Ewing entered the room next to the women, she said, his face was red and mottled, and he continued to pace, complaining that he wasn’t feeling well. At this point the masseuse was starting to feel dizzy and dizzy, thinking she saw Ewing return to the other room. She said the girls then handed her the TV remote control and encouraged her to touch other objects in the room as well, before she could finally leave.
Ewing is said to have died before dawn the next morning, with the two women never reporting his disappearance. They were actually observed watching from the balcony as his car was exiting the lake that Monday.
Based on the evidence at the scene, authorities said it was an accident, claiming that Ewing accidentally drove his car from the parking lot into the lake due to being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or a possible health problem. The autopsy report indicated that Ewing had water in his lungs and that there was no evidence of foul play. In his system, the medical examiner found Prozac, cannabis, and low alcohol. Its official cause of death has been attributed to “hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease with drowning”.
It was discovered that his car had all the windows down, the trunk and the sunroof open. Officials found $ 30,000 and three guns on him when he was removed from the lake. However, his Rolex watch set with diamonds was missing; his cooler; and his glasses, later discovered on his hotel bed. Ewing Moore said his father was virtually blind without his glasses and he couldn’t even have gone out without them.
“He couldn’t see anything,” she said. “And so he couldn’t have gotten out. He couldn’t have. And if he did, I mean, it just doesn’t make sense – none of that. He never would have. been sitting outside with his windows down and his sunroof open. … and the trunk was open too. He smoked, but he didn’t care. I mean, he was, like, a smoker since the 70s, and he was smoking with the windows open. “
She said her dad could swim too and was good at it. Although she does not know what happened to him and admits that she may never know, she does believe that he may have been drugged with a substance that is difficult to detect and needs a specific test. The private investigator hired by Ewing Moore was denied access to the video surveillance of the night in question by the hotel management, and no video released to the authorities has been made public.
As Ewing’s body lay at the bottom of Lake Hamilton, his house in Mississippi was broken into and robbed. His room was ransacked. Ewing Moore noted that even a secret compartment in his nightstand was open and money was missing. Some of his personal papers were also found burnt outside in his driveway.
The two women with Ewing on the trip were allowed to leave after his body was discovered. Ewing Moore said they were missing and she had never heard from them again.
It was noted in the report that a local car dealership that Ewing did business with spent a lot of time with him and the women partying, and they were seen together at various Hot Springs establishments and at the hotel. . Police in Tunica later find a stun gun in the trunk of the female Challenger Ewing bought them, which was entered into evidence.
In 2017, Ewing’s ex-fiancee in Mississippi contacted Ewing Moore, claiming to know who “murdered” his father, but first demanded the $ 25,000 reward. Ewing Moore said she ultimately decided not to meet with her out of concern for her own safety. She said the ex-fiancee got married just two weeks after Ewing’s death, although they later divorced.
The woman’s ex-husband, who died of a drug overdose last October, refused to discuss with Ewing Moore what he knew about his father’s death.
“Honestly, no amount of money was worth all of this,” she said. “You know, I mean, it’s easier to deal with on a day-to-day basis, and the obsession isn’t where it was anymore. And, like, if I start looking at her, I become obsessed again. I can ‘I. can’t afford to go into the rabbit hole, but it’s still there.