Monday, May 28, 2007

Snowbird Couple's motor home abandoned a year ago

The case of a missing nomadic couple has taken another strange twist with the Oregon State Police seizing a motor home registered to them that was found by federal Bureau of Land Management personnel a year ago, between May and July 2006, abandoned on BLM property.

Investigators learned that the 1976 Sportscoach 25-foot motor home was secured at the National Guard Tank Battalion facility in the Redmond area.

Kenneth W. Miller, 73, and Betty Lou Japel, 69 are missing and believed endangered, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.

Described by relatives as snowbirds who spent their winters in Arizona and their summers in Central Oregon, Miller and Japel aren't married, but have been together more than 20 years.

It's never been confirmed, but it's possible Gregory Allen "Groundhog" Cole was traveling with the couple in his motor home when he shot and wounded a Quartzsite, Ariz., police officer May 17.
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