The year was 1981.
The Cedaredge High School senior class motto was “If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” The wrestling team was named District Champs. It was the last year of the Cubs and the last time anyone saw Roger Ellison alive.
Roger boarded a school bus on February 10, 1981 that took him to Cedaredge High School in western Colorado at the foot of Grand Mesa National Forest. He got off the bus and walked south to his locker, No. 191 in the school’s basement, where he talked with friends while putting his books away.
He didn’t attend classes that day and vanished without a trace.
Roger’s case is classified as a non family abduction. He was 17 years old at the time of his disappearance. His age today would be 47. He’s 5’ll” tall and weighs 145 pounds. He has blue eyes and blond hair. He was last seen wearing a light blue parka, blue jeans and brown leather ankle top boots.
In 2005, Delta County Sheriff Fred McKee told the Delta County Independent newspaper that he believes Roger was killed shortly after his disappearance. His body has never been found. McKee said he believes they’ve talked to people who know what happened, but theorizes that some of the witnesses are reluctant to speak out due to their own involvement in illegal activity which may or may not be connected to Roger’s disappearance.
Even though it’s been 30 years since Roger disappeared, it’s not too late to come forward with information that could crack the case. Contact the Delta County Sheriff’s Office at 970.874.2000.