Secrets of a small town

Cedaredge is the kind of town where people wave whether they know you or not. It’s the kind of place where you stop and chat in the aisles of the grocery store. On any given day, the locals meet up at the bakery for coffee and donuts and gather every October in the town park for Applefest to celebrate the fall harvest.

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For me, it’s a place to call home.

Secrets in a town like this are hard to keep. But one such secret back in February of 1981 cast a dark shadow over this tiny farming community much like a summer storm rolling off the Grand Mesa. It was a Tuesday, February 10th to be exact. Roger Ellison, 17, got ready for school just like any other day, except on this day he didn’t come home and would never be seen again.

Twenty eight years later, a community that once believed in the sanctity of small town life is left pointing fingers at one another and wondering if anyone could possibly be involved in Ellison’s disappearance.

Why would someone want to do the teenager harm and who could have done such a thing? By all accounts, Roger was a likeable young man, a good student and gifted skier with dreams of making the U.S. Ski Team.

Today, life goes on much like it has for 28 years. But folks here still whisper and wonder about the fate of the young teen whose heartbroken parents went to their grave without knowing what happened to their beloved son.

Secrets have a way of coming out. Fear subsides and loyalties change. A guilty conscience only grows heavier with the passage of time.

When does keeping a secret outweigh a family’s right to know what happened? Join in on the discussion. Post your thoughts 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.



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