Camp Verde AZ (June 18, 2012) – The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office issued an update to the missing persons cold case file involving a Camp Verde, Arizona woman, Kristal Forest. Kristal was last seen with Robert Reed (aka: Charles Olson) in Camp Verde, Arizona on March 28, 2009. The public is asked to help locate Reed.
Kristal planned on driving her vehicle, her two dogs and all of her possessions to Austin, Texas. Kristal drove a red 1997 Nissan Pathfinder which was towing a small U-Haul trailer. Kristal was scheduled to arrive in Austin, Texas on April 2, 2009 but she has not been heard from since her time with Robert Reed.
Kristal’s debit account shows her last use transaction was on March 27, 2009. The U-Haul trailer that Kristal rented was turned in after hours at a storage lot in Las Cruces, New Mexico; video surveillance captured an unknown pick-up truck dropping off the trailer.
It is not known where Kristal’s furniture and other property may have been taken. Kristal’s two dogs are also missing.
At the time of their chance encounter, Robert Reed was living under the alias name of Charles Olson since Reed was on the run from a felony arrest warrant. Reed had little, to no money and apparently stayed in several camp areas in the Verde Valley.
Reed referred to himself as “Chef” and often talked about cooking. He had a good supply of camping gear and used a distinctive white colored “teepee” tent.
Reed had a yellow colored cat named Butterball. Reed frequented the Old Town Mission, Catholic Social Services, DES and Riverfront Park.
Reed would gain people’s sympathy by telling stories of being mugged and losing his family in a terrorist attack.
When Reed was later identified, he was found to be in possession of Kristal’s Nissan Pathfinder and some other of her belongings.
If you had contact with Robert Reed (aka: Charles Olson, Chef Charlie), please call the Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office, Cold Case Unit at 928-777-7293. Visit the Yavapai County Sheriff’s website at www.ycsoaz.gov for additional photographs of missing Kristal Forest and suspect, Reed, including those of her car, two dogs and storage facility surveillance video stills.
The Cold Case Unit’s mission is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves by seeking answers and justice for the victims and their families. The unit was started in 2009 by the then Sheriff Steve Waugh. What began with one volunteer, the unit has since expanded to five volunteers with one detective assigned primarily to cold case investigations.
The volunteers include college students, retired business professionals and retired law enforcement officers who focus on reviewing unsolved homicides, unresolved suspicious deaths, and missing person cases.
In addition to reviewing the case files, volunteers assist in non-confrontational research and interviews, clarifying vague information, communicating with the various private parties and institutions that assist law enforcement with pairing missing victims or suspects with other cases across the country and maintaining social network sites. Cold Case Volunteers maintain the social network sites with the consent and permission of the victim’s family members.
The following homicide cases are also currently unsolved:
# 1 William Wear, 47-year-old victim = William, who was a paraplegic, was shot inside his Cottonwood home on Charolais Drive in January 1988. Based on the investigation to date, detectives believe suspect(s) had entered the home to commit a burglary, discovered William inside, and shot him. Detectives are looking for anyone with information about this homicide to further leads already developed identifying potential suspects.
# 2 Francis Varney, 80-year-old victim = Francis was last seen in early 2005 at her home in the 2800 block of Indian Wells Drive in Prescott Valley. She was living with her son at the time and he is suspected of being involved in her disappearance. Although her son has been questioned about the disappearance, the Cold Case Unit is still seeking information from relatives, friends or anyone who may have had contact with Francis during this time. The victim’s son has been convicted for fraudulent use of his mother’s social security income and is currently in-custody. Based on the investigation to date, detectives suspect foul play in Francis’ disappearance.
# 3 Travis Riddle, 19-year-old victim = Travis was last seen in October of 2005 in the Congress area and detectives have classified his disappearance as mysterious and likely involving foul play. Detectives have interviewed several possible suspects but are still seeking anyone who knew Travis or has information regarding his whereabouts in 2005. Travis frequented the Wickenburg and Congress areas and occasionally resided on Coleman Drive in Congress.
# 4 Pamela Pitts, 19-year-old victim = Pamela was last seen on September 16, 1988 at a party in the Forest outside Prescott. This area is known as “Gordo’s Pit” or “alto Pit”. Her body was found on September 29, 1988 by Sheriff’s deputies at Gordo Pit. Miss Pitts was a resident of Prescott, Arizona.
# 5 Jean Candelaria, 21-year-old victim = Jean was found shot to death five (5) miles west of Seligman off Highway 66 in the morning hours of July 26, 1977. She was last seen in San Bernardino, California. It was determined she was traveling with a friend to California from Albuquerque, New Mexico in the days prior to her death.
# 6 George Gonterman, 77-year-old victim = George was found stabbed to death in his home outside Yarnell, Arizona on the night of October 19, 1975. Investigators believe this may have been an attempt burglary. In the years prior to his death, Mr. Gonterman retired to Arizona from Colorado where he was a carpenter by trade.
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