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    TX - Lou Goettsch, 21, Abilene, 31 March 1981

    Missing since March 31, 1981 from Abilene, Taylor County, Texas.
    Classification: Endangered Missing

    • Date Of Birth: September 26, 1959
    • Age at Time of Disappearance: 21 years old
    • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'10; 150 pounds
    • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes.
    • Dentals: Available

    Goettsch disappeared from Abilene, Texas on March 31, 1981. He was last seen in front of his residence.

    Goettsch was in the process of renting an apartment. He drove his battered pickup truck to the apartment complex, parked in the tenant's lot and gave the manager a $350 check. He planned to move his possessions, all of which fit into the truck, later that day. He never did. He abandoned his vehicle and all of his belongings.

    Goettsch's relatives did not call police for about 2 months after his disappearance. He did not touch his bank account with $1,079 or have contact with his Australian girlfriend.

    Near 10 months after Goettsch's disappearance, a tip was received from an anonymous caller stating Roney Harper and another man allegedly had committed the murder and disposed of the body near a local lake. A drug deal gone bad.

    Roney Harper placed a call to sheriff 's deputies in rural Walker County, Ga. Obviously drunk, the man confessed to murdering Goettsch in Abilene. His motive was that he thought Goettsch was an undercover narcotics agent. He said he shot he shot Goettsch four times, then kicked him repeatedly. He returned a remote, undeveloped field, the murder scene, but Harper either could not or would not locate the remains.

    Roney Harper later recanted.

    Doe Network - http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/262dmtx.html

    NamUs - https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/8802/0/

    Charley Project - http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/g/goettsch_lou.html

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    May 2012
    Lou's NamUs link has changed.


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    Jan 2010
    Bumping for Lou

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