For my Missing Person Monday post, the following is on a man who disappeared from Oregon last year.
On July 27, 2012, 40-year old Isaac Lee Roberts of Coeur d'Alene (OR) traveled to the Chief Joseph Days celebration in Joseph, OR. He planned to spend that Friday at event, and then go back home late the following day.
After he failed to return, his wife, Shawna Roberts, contacted police.
Initially, law enforcement looked at Isaac's disappearance as a missing person, but then changed the investigation to that of a homicide.
What made authorities suspicious that a crime had been committed?
Because it is an ongoing criminal investigation, the public never gets the full story, but here is what can be pieced together from multiple sources.
Oregon State Police Detective Greg Retherford told the press that he believes that Isaac and an unnamed man had left Joseph to purchase meth in a nearby town.
Police interviewed the unidentified man who was reportedly with Isaac, and he stated that the pair had run out of gas on Saturday. He said he left Isaac with the vehicle while he went to get fuel. When the man returned, he said Isaac did not want to travel any further and began to walk.
Allegedly, the missing person had asked this individual to take care of his motorcycle and belongings (he had left those with a friend in town).
Strangely, Roberts' brother Shiloh said that Isaac was not in the best of health and had respiratory problems that would have prevented him from walking very far.
It was also reported that Isaac had recently sold a truck and was carrying several thousand dollars prior to his disappearance.
So an adult male disappears who may have been trying to purchase meth, the person he was with tells a story that makes little sense, and the missing man was carrying a large amount of cash?
It is understandable why police are thinking homicide.
With police dissatisfied with the quality of the information from the unnamed man and finding a body in that rugged area where Washington, Idaho, and Oregon meet is difficult, authorities needed another approach.
So this weekend, police tried this--talking to people and distributing flyers about the missing man at the 2013 Chief Joseph Days.
Time will tell if their efforts are rewarded and I hope the find a new lead; the missing man's family deserves at least for the case to be solved.
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