Thursday, May 24, 2007

Suspect in Quartzsite shooting committed suicide, RVers still missing

Gregory Allen "Groundhog" Cole, who was suspected of shooting a Quartzsite police officer, has been found dead off Highway 95 near milepost 114 by Arizona Department of Public Safety officers.

On May 17, Officer James Kemp of the Quartzsite Marshals Office was conducting a traffic stop on a 1976 Ford motor home at approximately 5 a.m.

As Kemp exited his patrol car, 45-year-old Cole allegedly fired several rounds from the motor home, according to DPS. Kemp was shot and wounded.

Cole allegedly fled the scene in the motor home. Investigators later found it abandoned at the La Posa Campground parking lot near Quartzsite.

Investigators learned the license plate on the motor home was registered to a black and silver 1986 Dodge pickup owned by Kenneth Miller and Betty Lou Japel of McMinnville, Ore. The couple still have not been located.

Several days later, DPS located the 1986 Dodge in Montana and the couple's motor home in Oregon. Police are unsure how long the truck has been in Montana and how it got there, the release said.

According to DPS, it is unknown where Miller and Japel are, but investigators are concerned for their safety.
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