Authorities believe a new $10,000 reward might be enough to get people to talk about the 2004 disappearance of a rural Polk County Oregon man.
‘We think it will entice people,” Polk County Sheriff Bob Wolfe said Monday. His department is joining forces with Oregon State Police and the FBI to look into the case of Glenn Warren Pennie, 56, who is believed to be the victim of foul play.
“We believe we will get more information,” Wolfe said. “We have turned up more records. People may be more willing to talk.”
Pennie’s disappearance came on the heels of family turmoil over an estate, Wolfe said.
He was reported missing to the sheriff’s office on Oct. 6, 2004. A neighbor saw Pennie on the afternoon of Oct. 3 as he prepared to drive to Oakland, Calif., for an estate hearing.
He is believed to have told a relative that night that he was leaving in the morning for California. But his pickup was found still in the driveway, unlocked with personal items inside.
Deputies coordinated an extensive ground and air search covering more than 53 square miles using dogs, horses, 4-wheelers and an airplane.
“We don’t think Glenn’s disappearance has been surrounded by silence,” Wolfe said in a news release. “Someone has said something about this case to another person and we believe they are either holding on to that secret or they don’t realize the importance of what they know and how it could solve our case.”
Polk County Detective Burney Krauger, who has known Pennie since 1963, continued to investigate his disappearance and contacted people in Polk, Marion, and Coos counties, as well as in California. Two years ago, the sheriff’s office cold case team got involved.
Wolfe asked anyone with information to call 503 831-5973.