Left: Roger circa 1981 Right: Age Progressed to age 48
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: February 10, 1981 from Cedaredge, Delta County, Colorado
Classification: Non-Family Abduction
Date Of Birth: March 11, 1963
Age: 17 years old
Height and Weight: 5’11”; 145 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White Male, Blonde hair, Blue eyes, Roger has a double crown birthmark and may have a cleft chin
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue t-shirt, a pair of jeans or brown pants, a light blue nylon parka, white socks, and a pair of size 12 or 13 white sneakers
Circumstances of Disappearance
Roger Ellison was last seen in Cedaredge, Colorado on February 10th 1981. He rode the bus to Cedaredge High School that day. The school was located south of Cedaredge, Colorado on Highway 65. Roger shared a locker with a boy and the boy saw Roger place his books in the locker at approximately 8:30 am.
Although he did in fact make it to school that day, he did not attend his classes and has never been seen or heard from again. Rogers mother stated that he carried only an orange or yellow backpack which was filled with school books and his wallet which contained his drivers license and $3.
It is not believed that he left on his own accord as he left behind all of his clothing, his car, his motorcycle, skis, and his money that he had in his bank account. While Rogers family stated that he had been acting oddly during the month before he vanished, mainly preoccupied, he had no behavior or issues that would cause him to runaway.
Authorities believe that River met with foul play on the day of his disappearance and was likely killed shortly after he was last seen. One of Rogers teachers at the time, John Pash, is a considered a person of interest in his disappearance. He was a social studies teacher and wrestling coach at Cedaredge High School in 1981.
Roger was known to visit Johns house on a regular basis. His home was located right next to the high school and Roger went there to turn in his homework assignments. One of Rogers former classmates stated his belief in the possibility that Rogers remains might be buried underneath Johns former residence in 1994.
John sold the home a decade earlier in 1984 and moved away. Authorities searched the home with ground penetrating radar. They saw some anomalies which included two under the concrete floor of Johns former garage. They did not dig at all however so it’s unknown what might be under the garage.
Soon after Rogers disappearance, Pash went to Rogers mother and stated that Roger had various personal problems at the time and was suicidal. His loved ones do not believe this as Roger had been in good spirits before he vanished and never mentioned any problems to them. His coach even said this as well.
At the time of his disappearance, Roger was a good student who was well known and got very excellent grades and had actually already been accepted at Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. He even selected a dormitory room by that time. Roger was also an avid skier and was looking forward to an upcoming Ski race scheduled for the weekend after he vanished.
Rogers disappearance remains unsolved and foul play is suspected. His case remains classified as a non family abduction. Both of his parents have passed away.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Delta County Sheriffs Office 970-874-9734
NCMEC Number: 601166