Missing person case becomes homicide investigation

September 04, 2012 12:44 pm


 Authorities released photos of Isaac Lee Roberts, 40, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Roberts is 6 feet, three inches tall and weighs 215 pounds.  He has an upper right arm tattoo. The family of Isaac Roberts is offering reward up to $10,000 for information leading investigators to his location.




 By Bill Rautenstrauch

The Observer

A Wallowa County missing person case has evolved into a homicide investigation, and two people from Union County are persons of interest, according to a press release from the Oregon State Police.

The OSP, the Wallowa County Major Crimes Team, and the Wallowa County District Attorney’s Office jointly announced they are seeking the public’s help in the investigation that began as a missing person case involving Isaac Lee Roberts, 40, of Coeur d’Alene.



Roberts was reported missing by his wife July 29. He had traveled to Wallowa County for Chief Joseph Days on his motorcycle. The OSP said that after arriving in the area, Roberts is believed to have been in the company of at least two Union County residents who are considered persons of interest in the investigation. Their names have not been released.

Unconfirmed information indicates Roberts may have traveled to Lewiston, Idaho, with one of the persons of interest. Investigators believe he went missing during the return trip to Oregon under suspicious circumstances.

The Major Crime Team consists of representatives from Oregon State Police, Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office, 

La Grande Police Department, Union County Sheriff’s Office, and the Wallowa County District Attorney’s Office. The Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office and the OSP Criminal Investigation Division have requested assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Roberts is described as a white male, 6 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 215 pounds.

He has ash blond hair, green eyes and a long goatee and no mustache.

Roberts has an upper right arm tattoo and was last known to be wearing a gray T-shirt with the words “Lone Wolf Harley” on the
front left upper chest
and back. 

He was also wearing a black Harley Davidson vest, blue jeans, black boots and a black skull cap or “do-rag” with the Harley Davidson logo on the front.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Roberts is asked to call the OSP at 541-963-7174 or email tips to crimetips
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Informants should provide as much detail as possible and contact information. Even though tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by investigators, if needed.

Roberts’ family is offering a reward of up to
$10,000 for information leading investigators to Roberts’ location.

All questions regarding the case should be directed to Wallowa County District Attorney Mona K.
Williams, 541-426-4543, ext. 640.