Sedona AZ (September 10, 2013) – After years of investigative persistence, Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested 59-year-old Robert Reed for the murder of missing Kristal Forest of Cottonwood, Arizona. Forest was last seen with Reed in March of 2009 at a Camp Verde storage yard and her body has never been found.
Prior media releases in the Sedona Eye News (SedonaEye.com/missing-arizona-woman-update) documented YCSO’s focus on Reed’s probable involvement with her homicide.
Lead detective Doug Brown, assisted by Cold Case Unit volunteer and retired detective Paul Chastain, spent hundreds of hours chasing leads, conducting searches, and interviewing anyone who might have information regarding the case, including Reed. The detective’s maintained contact with the County Attorney’s Office as the case developed, eventually sustaining the 26-count indictment.
Reed is currently serving a prison term in the Arizona Department of Corrections on an unrelated matter. He was transported to the Camp Verde Detention Center today and booked on charges including 2nd Degree Murder, and several counts involving Fraudulent Schemes, Vehicle Theft, Identity Theft, Forgery and Perjury.
Reed is being held without bond.
Because the investigation remains active and court proceedings are pending, YCSO detectives are declining to disclose further details at this time.
The Forest family has expressed their deep appreciation for the efforts of these detectives resulting in Reed’s arrest and prosecution.
Excerpt from the SedonaEye.com Missing Arizona Woman Update in 2012 (click on link above to read full story):
…Detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Criminal Investigations Bureau, continue seeking public assistance in obtaining information related to the disappearance of Kristal Forest during the weekend of March 28, 2009. Kristal’s dogs and property are also missing and she was last seen in the company of 57-year-old Robert Reed, aka “Charles Olson,” a Camp Verde resident, while at a local storage yard…