“We don’t have a body, and even if we found one, we would have to have someone involved say, ‘This is what happened.’” –Former Delta County Sheriff Bill Blair
A post on the Websleuths board, an online crime sleuthing community, recently stirred up some controversy when a poster going by the screen name Chief79 made some comments regarding Roger. Claiming to be a friend and locker mate of the missing teen, he wrote that there was a lot of misinformation about Roger and his life. He went on to say things are never what they seem and that he hoped Roger found what he was looking for that day.
The rumor mill in this small agricultural community southeast of Grand Junction, Colo. has been in overdrive since Roger Ellison’s disappearance from Cedaredge High School 28 years ago. Theories of what happened to Roger run the gamut. Some believe he may have run away; others think he was abducted and murdered never getting out of Cedaredge. Still others theorize his alleged drug involvement may have gotten him killed or perhaps he was an eyewitness to a crime.
Roger was acting strange about a month before he disappeared, according to family members. They described him as indifferent and he appeared to be preoccupied. Roger had a good home life and wouldn’t stay away from home without letting his parents know where he was. The Roger they knew would never run away. He was excited about attending Western State College in the fall. He loved skiing and riding his motorcycle and worked odd jobs at the grocery store and peach orchards to earn extra money. Close friends and teachers said they found it strange that he would just take off, especially when he might have had a chance to try out for the U.S. Ski Team.
Here is your chance to set the record straight. What has been reported that isn’t true? Why are things not what they seem? What was Roger looking for the day he disappeared? Post to my blog or click on my Contact page and send me an email. For more information on the case, check out “Inside A Reporter’s Notebook” and read the Cold Case Timeline.