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  1. #1
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    KISER, Rodney L. - Namus 1139


    Rodney L. Kiser
    Age in 1992, 34-35

    Namus 1139

    Age last seen 32
    Date last seen April 26, 1990
    Hazel Mountain Section, Dickenson Co, VA

    Eyes Blue
    Hair Brown/Auburn, curly
    Height (inches) 70.0
    Weight (pounds) 145.0

    No DNA or dental

    Rodney Kiser, was last seen on April 26, 1990.
    Kiser lived on Hazel Mountain about 1/2 mile from the old fire tower. He lived off the main road in a mobile home.
    Kiser worked in Trammel, not far from where he lived. He ran H&G Market, which was owned by his brother. Before he started running the store, Kiser had been a sheriff's deputy.

    He owned property down the road from where he lived. On that land were another mobile home, in which he had once lived, a large old storage building and several inoperative cars.

    Kiser collected many junk cars, and he spent a lot of time working on them, salvaging parts. So he visited the property often. He was headed in that direction when his sister last saw him.

    When Kiser didn't return home and didn't show up to run his store, his family became worried.

    A girlfriend of Kiser's said he had left on a trip to Alexandria to visit his brother. But he never showed up at his brother's home in Alexandria.
    His pickup was found on May 4, 1990, parked at his old place. Keys to the vehicle, a tan, 1983 Dodge Ram 150 pickup, were in the ignition, and the driver's window was partially rolled down. A small brown case was found under the seat. In the case was Kiser's checkbook, some cash and food stamps from his store deposit and a few other items. His gun, a .357 Magnum, which his family claims he always kept with him, was missing, however. It has never been found.

    Traces of blood were found in a room built on the back of his old mobile home, but it was never determined if the blood belonged to Kiser. Money has never been withdrawn from Kiser's checking and savings accounts.

    2 agencies investigating:
    Dickenson County Sheriffs Office Sheriff Bobby Hammons 276-926-1600
    Virginia State Police First Sgt. Roger M. Owens 276/762-2112
    1-800-542-8716

    Dickenson Co SO
    276-926-1600
    Case 90-84-02-0459

    https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/1139/0/
    Last edited by bessie; 12-17-2015 at 09:49 AM.
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    Rodney Lynn Kiser

    NCIC Number: M-423262827

    Some additional information on
    http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/k/kiser_rodney.html

    His further profiles but no new information
    http://doenetwork.org/cases/1281dmva.html
    http://www.nampn.org/cases/kiser_rodney.html

    He has thread on websleuths under possible matches for Benjaman Kyle
    http://www.websleuths.com/forums/sho...ney-Lynn-Kiser

    His profile on Porchlight including great full copy of news article from 2001 posted there but original link timed out by now
    http://z10.invisionfree.com/usedtobe...showtopic=9125

    Mystery remains about Kiser's disappearance

    By PAULA DAVIS, Staff Writer September 26, 2001


    A deputy with the Dickenson sheriff?s office in the administration of Sheriff Ed Fleming, Rodney Kiser remains missing. His mother, Eunice Kiser, with her son, has never given up hope.

    Rodney Kiser was last seen by his family 11 years ago. Investigation of his disappearance remains unsolved. His family, however, still wants to know what happened to him. This week, The Dickenson Star begins a series of stories on the Kiser case. In this issue, Kiser's family highlights his disappearance. In coming weeks, The Star will publish additional stories about the Kiser case, featuring accounts from his family and state and local investigators.
    April 26, 1990 was the last day anyone in Rodney Lynn Kiser's family saw him. Family members still wonder what happened to him and where he is.

    About a week after that day in 1990, Kiser was reported missing. Virginia State Police and Dickenson County Sheriff's Department investigators began searching for clues to his whereabouts.

    Although many leads were followed, the case remains unsolved.

    Family members believe he is dead, that he was killed 11 years ago.

    Today, they just want closure.

    If he is dead, as family members believe, they want his body recovered.

    Rodney Kiser deserves a funeral, they say, and they deserve peace of mind.

    His mother, brothers, sisters and other relatives believe someone, somewhere, knows what happened to him.

    This week, his family put up a $5,000 reward in the hope that someone will bring to authorities the information needed to find out what happened to Kiser, or where his body can be found.
    He lived on Hazel Mountain about 1/2 mile from the old fire tower, a familiar landmark in the county. He lived off the main road in a mobile home, close to the homes of his mother, Eunice Kiser, now 84, and his sister. The youngest of six children, Kiser had two brothers and three sisters.

    Kiser worked in Trammel, not far from where he lived. He ran H&G Market, which was owned by his brother Homer.

    Before he started running the store, Kiser had been a sheriff's deputy during the administration of sheriff Ed Fleming. He resigned as a deputy, however, before Fleming's term was over, family members said.

    He owned property just down the road from where he lived, which he kept a close check on. On that land were another mobile home, in which he had once lived, a large old storage building and several inoperative cars.

    Kiser did not have a telephone at the home he was living in near his mother's. He never had his phone service disconnected at his "old place," and continued to use his telephone there, family members noted. But he went by his former residence often to check messages on his answering machine.

    Kiser collected many junk cars, and family members said he spent a lot of time working on them, salvaging parts.

    So he visited the property often.

    And he was headed in that direction when his sister, Mary Jane Phillips, last saw him.

    April 26, 1990 fell on a Thursday. Phillips was at her home. Kiser had to pass by her house to get to and from his.

    Phillips said it was right at the edge of dark when she heard Kiser's truck go by her home. She looked to see which way he went when he reached the hard top road.

    "I was in the bed sick, and I raised up and looked when he went by. He went left-handed toward the old trailer. Anytime he was going to Trammel to his store he always went out and checked on the old place," Phillips said.

    When Kiser didn't return home and didn't show up to run his store, his family became worried.

    Family members claim that a girlfriend of Kiser's said he had left on a trip to Alexandria. His family says the woman claimed he made the trip to take a load of "hot" cigarettes - cigarettes which had been stolen and he had bought from someone else to sell at retail prices - to his brother Homer's house to store.

    Family members say it was that story which first led law enforcement officials to believe Kiser would return home in a few days.

    But the story didn't make sense to the family.

    His brother Milton said it wouldn't surprise him if Kiser had bought stolen cigarettes to resell. "I said I didn't put it past him a bit. If he could've bought them for $5 a carton and made a couple of dollars on them, I don't put it past him. But he was too smart to take them to Alexandria and burn his profit up taking them all the way up there," Milton Kiser said.

    Plus, Milton Kiser continued, his youngest brother had two or three old trailers, other old storage buildings, probably two dozen old vehicles and a number of other places he could have stashed the cigarettes if he wished.

    When Rodney Kiser never showed up at his brother's home in Alexandria, the family knew something was wrong.

    So they began looking for him.

    Three or four days after he went missing, they found his truck, which turned up parked at his old place. Keys to the vehicle, a tan, 1983 Dodge Ram 150 pickup, were in the ignition, and the driver's window was partially rolled down.

    Family members also found that strange because, they claim, Rodney Kiser never got out of his vehicle for even a short period of time without locking it.

    A small brown case, like a shaving kit, was found under the seat. In the case was Kiser's checkbook, some cash and food stamps from his store deposit and a few other items.

    His gun, a .357 Magnum, which his family claims he always kept with him, was missing, however. It has never been found.

    Traces of blood were found in a room built on the back of his old mobile home. But it was never determined if the blood belonged to Kiser.

    His family isn't even sure what type blood he had. After he disappeared, Kiser's family contacted hospitals and clinics where he had been a patient, trying to determine what his blood type was.

    They had no luck, however
    .

    Kiser's family members have several different theories about what happened to him. They agree, however, that whatever happened took place at his old trailer.

    "I believe he went to that trailer and that somebody was waiting on him. And I believe he was took off in his own vehicle," said Marlene Gullett, Phillips' daughter and Kiser's niece.

    Gullett, who was just six years younger than Kiser and was close to him growing up, has kept her own case file on his disappearance. The large brown, accordion-type envelope is filled with information she has collected about the case. She also has old newspaper stories and other documents relating to his disappearance.

    Anytime someone called with tips about his whereabouts, Gullett grabbed the first thing she found to write on and took down the caller's information. "I've got notes everywhere,
    because we just thought any day he'd be found," she noted.

    It turned out, however, that he never was.

    TODAY

    At the property where Kiser's family believes something could have happened to him, weeds are now waist high, beginning to change from green to brown as colder weather approaches.

    After more than a decade, the mobile home is falling apart. The ceiling is falling in and the floor is rotting out. Gullett is still able to point out, however, what is alleged to be small blood stains in the room at the back of the house.

    Milton Kiser has paid taxes on the land since his brother went missing, and little has changed about the place since his disappearance.

    Rodney Kiser still gets mail at his mother's address. With the exception of service charges, money has never been withdrawn from Kiser's checking and savings accounts.

    Each month, bank statements are delivered. Each month, his mother puts them away in a room where more of his belongings are stored, including his personal financial records.

    She doesn't open the statements, she tells her children, because "that's Rodney's mail."

    Oct. 20 will be Rodney Kiser's 44th birthday. While his family never expects to see him alive again, they say not knowing what happened to him is the hardest part to live with.

    "It would put an end if you knew what happened. If you found him, you could at least get peace of mind," Milton Kiser noted.

    Rodney Kiser's family has put up a $5,000 reward for verified information about the location of his body, or for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his disappearance.

    Those who may have information about the case should contact Dickenson County Sheriff Bobby Hammons at 276/926-1600 or Virginia State Police First Sgt. Roger M. Owens at 276/762-2112, 1-800-542-8716 or by email at vspbci4@naxs.net.
    Unfortunately no identifiers available but as former Dickenson County Sheriff's Deputy they might be available somewhere? It seems his niece might be good source for any further information.


    Obituary of his brother with family details
    http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg...GRid=103163657

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    Wow! Wish all our MP's had this much info. Interesting that there aren't more photos, however, given how much story we have.

    AncientFaces.com has 53k public records entries for the Kiser family, representing 10k people... I realize these are rough numbers, but that might not be a wise avenue to pursue.



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