The Doe Network:
Case File 22DMCO

Left and Center: Ellison, circa 1980; Right: Age-progressed to age 27 (circa 1990)

Roger John Ellison
Missing since February 10, 1981 from Cedar Ridge, Delta County, Colorado.
Classification: Non-Family Abduction

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: March 11, 1963
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 17 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 6'0; 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Dark blond hair; blue eyes. Fair complexion, freckles. Size 13 shoe. Double crown birthmark. Possible cleft in chin.
  • Clothing: Jeans or brown pants; a blue t-shirt; white socks; and a light blue nylon parka. Size 12 or 13 tennis shoes. Orange or yellow backpack.
  • Dentals: Available
  • Fingerprints: Available
  • DNA: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Ellison was last seen in the morning hours of February 10, 1981 at Cedaredge High School.
He was last seen by his locker at approximately 08:30. Ellison did not attend classes that day, however.
He was never seen again. His car and bank account were left behind. He took no clothes with him. He left the family home with only the clothes he was wearing, $3 for lunch and a backpack full of books, nothing else – not his prized skis, money from his bank account or his motorcycle or car. He also paid a dormitory deposit at Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., for the fall semester and was trying to secure a scholarship at the time of his disappearance.
The 17-year-old high school senior was a member of the Powderhorn Racing Club and regularly trained and raced in competitive weekend ski meets outside of school. By all accounts, Roger was a likable young man, a good student and gifted skier with dreams of making the U.S. Ski Team. Roger had a good home life and wouldn’t stay away from home without letting his parents know where he was. He loved skiing and riding his motorcycle and worked odd jobs at the grocery store and peach orchards to earn extra money.
Foul play is suspected.

If you have any information concerning Ellison's whereabouts, please contact:
Delta County Sheriff's Office
Missing Persons Unit

You may remain anonymous when submitting information.

Agency Case Number: 05M-0003


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Source Information:
The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
Delta County Independent 1/20/05
Find Roger Ellison
NamUs MP #6035
Law Week Online

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