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Oregon State Police, with the assistance of the Wallowa County Major Crime Team and Wallowa County District Attorney's Office, is asking for the public's help in a homicide investigation that initially began as a missing person case involving a Coeur d'Alene, Idaho man. The victim's family is offering a reward to help investigators find the victim.
ISAAC LEE ROBERTS, age 40, was reported missing July 29, 2012 by his wife to Wallowa County Sheriff's Office. ROBERTS traveled to the area for Chief Joseph Days on his motorcycle. After arriving in the area, he is believed to have been in the company of at least two Union County residents who are considered persons of interest in the investigation. Their names are not being released at this time.
Unconfirmed information indicates ROBERTS may have traveled to Lewiston, Idaho with one of the persons of interest. Investigators believe he went missing during this return trip to Oregon under suspicious circumstances.
The missing person investigation has now evolved into a homicide investigation for which the Major Crime Team (composed of representatives from Oregon State Police, Wallowa County Sheriff's Office, La Grande Police Department, Union County Sheriff's Office, and Wallowa County District Attorney's Office) is being activated. The Wallow County Sheriff's Office and OSP Criminal Investigation Division have requested assistance from the FBI.
ROBERTS is described as a white male, 6'3", 215 lbs, ash blonde hair, green eyes, with a long goatee and no moustache. He has an upper right arm tattoo (see photo) and was last known to be wearing a gray t-shirt with the words "Lone Wolf Harley" on the front left upper chest and back, a black Harley Davidson vest, blue jeans, black boots, and a black "skull cap / do-rag" with Harley Davidson logo on front.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of ROBERTS is asked to call OSP at (541) 963-7174 or email tips to crimetips2OSP@state.or.us. Information should have as much detail as possible and contact information. Tips should include specific details including the type of case and information related to the criminal investigation. Even though tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by investigators, if needed.
The family is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading investigators to ROBERTS' location.
All questions regarding this case should be directed to Wallowa County District Attorney Mona K. Williams at (541) 426-4543 ext. 640.