The Doe Network:
Case File 1529DMWA


Edwin Oliver Pooler
Missing since April 14, 1991 from Colville Indian Reservation, Keller, Ferry County, Washington
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Pooler was last seen in the Alice Flats HUD Sites in Keller, Washington on April 14, 1991.
Edwin was last seen in a vehicle described as an International Scout 4x4 with the top removed in the company of three men and one woman. He had a failed relationship and two teenage sons and a daughter, but was living alone when he disappeared. Eddy had served prison time for robbery years earlier, was known to use cocaine and marijuana, and hung out with other drug users and dealers. The previous year, Eddy had been baptized and became involved in a Christian church to help him battle his alcoholism.

James Gallaher Junior, Pooler's cousin was charged in December of 2005 with first-degree murder in the disappearance of Edwin Pooler. Gallaher confessed to the 1991 killing of Eddy Pooler, and said he dumped Pooler in the hills. Gallaher said he fatally punched Pooler in the head and drove his body to a remote area. Gallaher pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter. A grand jury indicted him in 2005 on charges of first-degree murder. He was sentenced to six years in prison in April 1999. Pooler's family initially agreed to the plea deal when Gallaher told the FBI he would lead them to Pooler's remains, but no remains were found. Gallaher apparently told four people that he killed Pooler, and their statements were used to indict him.

There has been extensive searches and digging at various sites on the reservation looking for Pooler. Because the alleged crime occurred on an Indian reservation, the FBI has jurisdiction, along with tribal police. It is believed to be the first time that a federal murder case has been brought to trial in the Eastern District of Washington without discovery of the victim’s body.

Edwin's brother, George Wayne Pooler disappeared in 1988. Gallaher is not suspected of any involvement in George Pooler’s disappearance, and no one has ever been charged.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Colville Tribal Police Department
Detective Kevin Anderson

Agency Case Numbers: 2001-5483; 1332-91

Source Information:
National Center for Missing Adults
Montana's News Station 8/28/07
Washington State Missing Persons
Spokesman Review 5/26/07

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