View Full Version : Found Deceased CO - Raymond Wiggs, 19, Little Gypsum Valley, 24 Oct 2003

01-25-2004, 10:52 AM


Should have more later today.
Praying for this young man, and his family, Lanie

01-25-2004, 11:27 AM
Interesting story Lanie.....sure hope to hear more about. Would like to know what state of mind this young man was in when he left the group......
Prayer's for sure!

01-25-2004, 01:02 PM
Thanks, Mama! Myself, and Kelly Jolkowski, mother of missing Jason from Nebraska, have teamed up on this one, once more. I spoke to the detective a little while ago, and he and some others were on their way to interview some more people. He's very pro-active, and I am happy for that. One of us should be hearing from him, by phone or e-mail, shortly. He has some more pictures and stats to add to a printable flyer Kelly will make for him. When it's done, I will post the link. Also, later tonight, I should be speaking to the family, to get them started on stuff they can do, from home, and Kelly plans to contact them Monday night, as well. They need to know they do not have to go through this alone. It's critical they have emotional and spiritual support.
I love you, Mama, and am so thankful you care for the missing. Does my heart good to know I have support in what I am trying to accomplish.
xoxoxoxo to you, Mama
With love and HOPE, Lanie

01-26-2004, 01:53 AM
Printable flyer is now available, special thanks to Kelly at Project Jason for another great looking flyer!


I spoke to the parents of this young man tonight. They seemed relatively calm, considering, and are trusting God to get them through this. I sent them some basic information to get some things started from their home and they will be scanning some pictures and sending them on to us to make sure people can see Ray in various poses/attire. Sometimes people will recognize someone from one photo, and possibly not another one. So the more, the better.

Please pray for this family, and if you have a web site, link his flyer, and send the link out on e-mail, as well. We need all the help we can get, and thanks y'all, Lanie

01-26-2004, 01:56 AM
Hello all,

I have an updated printable poster online now, and you can find it on our emergency site at: http://members.cox.net/kelly_projectjason/

Thank you!

Kelly Jolkowski

01-26-2004, 12:07 PM
Hello all,

I have an updated printable poster online now, and you can find it on our emergency site at: http://members.cox.net/kelly_projectjason/

Thank you!

Kelly Jolkowski

Kelly.....the poster is wonderful! Thanks so much. Lanie is doing a wonderful job and we are so thankful for her.

Your family, Jason. are in our hearts and prayers. You sound like such a wonderful family!
May God Bless and keep you, as only He can.

02-23-2004, 11:22 AM
Praying for Raymond, and all who love and miss him, Lanie

03-23-2004, 04:44 PM
Prayers for Ray, and all who love and miss and search for him, Lanie

Thank you, Kelly, for all you have done. You blow my mind!

08-13-2004, 03:58 AM
For Raymond

12-11-2004, 03:27 PM
Praying for Ray.

With love and HOPE, Lanie

10-22-2007, 10:58 AM
I find this case to be interesting and suspicicous. %26userid%3D2+Raymond+Walter+Wiggs+missing&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=6&gl=us

Thread: Missing Man: Raymond Walter Wiggs III - CO - 10/24/03 (http://www.projectjason.org/dpforum/thread.php?id=340)
Post (http://www.projectjason.org/dpforum/thread.php?postid=10493#10493): (Posted by Kelly (http://www.projectjason.org/dpforum/profile.php?id=2) on 10-12-2007 1:09 PM)

The detective called back and stated that Raymond's case is still open.


November 3, 2003

Missing hiker stymies investigators

Eleven days have passed since Raymond Walter Wiggs III disappeared while hiking and camping in the Little Gypsum Valley, in the west end of San Miguel County, outside of Moab, Utah. An investigation began after search efforts for the 19-year-old Michigan resident were suspended last week, but sheriffs said they hope to continue the physical hunt this week when the weather clears.

"We're not giving up until we find this young man," said Sergeant Mike Westcott of the San Miguel County Sheriffs Office. "We still have no sign of him. Our investigation is going in several different directions."

Westcott would not elaborate on the course of the investigation except to say that police were probing the backgrounds of Wiggs and his companions.

Wiggs was camping and hiking in the remote, red rock desert area with three other people - 41-year-old Kevin Ulrich, his son, 23-year-old Corey Ulrich and girlfriend, 24-year-old Leslie Brookshier. According to the investigators, Wiggs was working with Corey Ulrich prior to the ill-fated camping trip for about two weeks surveying for a natural gas pipeline in the Meeker area. The pair was staying in Glenwood Springs during that time, investigators said.

Wiggs' mother, Tina Boughner, said that her son contacted her and told her that he was to return home to Michigan on Saturday, Oct. 25, the day that his companions reported him missing. According to the report made by the other campers, Wiggs wandered away from the group and was last seen Friday afternoon, Oct. 24. The others in the party said that they searched for Wiggs on foot Friday, and in a vehicle on Saturday, before going to Moab to inform authorities he was missing.

Boughner said she is suspicious of that account because she believes that Wiggs was in cell phone contact with some of his friends from Michigan on that Friday night.

"That's obviously one of the things we are investigating," said Westcott.

"But we have no indications."

Investigators said they were exploring several scenarios, from an accident, to some kind of "foul play," to a person who intentionally dropped out of contact with his friends and family. Sheriffs are looking at any police history and the complete background of not only the missing man, but also his friends, for more information.

"We certainly are trying to find out how he thinks," said San Miguel County Sheriff's investigator Norman Squier.

In the past, corpses have been found in the same desolate area from where the man disappeared, although Squier said he didn't believe there was a concentration of such occurrences there.

"I think that in the past there have been bodies found in that general area," said Squier.

In what may be an unrelated incident, Montrose County sheriffs are trying to determine whether or not bones found in the vicinity of the disappearance are in fact from a human skeleton. Hunters reported finding the bones, which were in Montrose County jurisdiction, and sheriffs are still studying the remains.

Several agencies have been involved in the search and investigation, including San Miguel County Search and Rescue, Emergency Response Systems, Colorado Division of Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Montrose County Sheriff's Posse, Olathe Spray Service, Emmett County Sheriffs Office (Michigan), and the Grand County/San Juan County Drug Task Force. A 35-square mile area was searched by air and on the ground, but no sign of Wiggs was uncovered.

Sheriffs hope to continue the hunt with the aid of tracking dogs this week. Anyone who has any information is asked to call the sheriffs at 728-1911.

His Charley Project web page:

Extensive searches of the area have failed to come up with any sign of Wiggs's whereabouts. He is a native of Alanson, Michigan and had been camping with a co-worker, Kevin Ulrich; Kevin's girlfriend, Leslie Brookshier; and Kevin's son, Corey Ulrich, in Colorado. Wiggs's companions say they arrived in the area at 3:00 a.m. and immediately went hiking, then went for another hike in the afternoon when Wiggs disappeared. They claim they searched for him for two days before telling the Moab police he was missing, but there are indications that he had cellular phone contact with his friends in the Michigan on the evening of the day he allegedly disappeared.

Police say the Ulriches and Brookshier were unenthusiastic about searching for him. Investigators question the companions' account of the events leading up to his disappearance. They have not been named as suspects in the case, however, as there is no evidence to indicate foul play was involved.
Investigators are not sure if Wiggs became lost or suffered an accident while hiking, disappeared of his own volition, or met with foul play. His case is unsolved.

His NCMA web page:

01-23-2009, 09:20 PM
By By Katharhynn Heidelberg
Daily Press Senior Writer
Published/Last Modified on Wednesday, November 14, 2007 9:08 PM MST

MONTROSE COUNTY — A four-year-old mystery drew to a close Wednesday, when human remains found late last week were positively identified as those of Raymond Walter Wiggs III.

Wiggs, of Michigan, was 19 when he went missing from a camping trip in October of 2003. Bones found Friday in the Sylvie’s Pocket area on the West End of Montrose County were identified as his “to the exclusion of all others,” according to Dr. Thomas Canfield, coroner.

Canfield spoke on behalf of the San Miguel County Coroner, to whom the case had been transferred. San Miguel County authorities were investigating Wiggs as a missing person from their jurisdiction.

A piece of his skull, some teeth, portion of spinal column, femur and leg bone were found only four miles inside the Montrose County line, near where he had camped with his employer, employer’s father and girlfriend in 2003.