Missing since August 8, 1980 from Lopez Island, Washington
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Rolf was last seen sometime during August 1980. He lived with his wife, Nettie Ruth Neslund on Lopez Island in Washington.
In February 1981, the Puget Sound Pilots Association (PSPA) contacted the San Juan County Sheriff's Department and reported that they had been unable to contact Rolf Neslund. Ruth claimed Rolf had just gone on an extended trip to Norway, but the PSPA discontinued his $1,200 monthly pension payments until they heard from him.
Ruth Neslund had phoned both sisters on August 8, 1980, confessing that she had killed her husband and was burning his body outside in the back yard. Since Ruth had appeared to be intoxicated, they did not believe the story at the time.
After colleagues report Rolf Neslund missing, the San Juan County Sheriff's Department opened a missing-persons investigation, eventually charging Ruth, in March 1983, with murdering her husband. In October 1985 she was found guilty of premeditated murder.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
San Juan County Sheriff's Office
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