Larry Riegel’s disappearance is unusual because he normally calls his son and other loved ones almost daily, his family said.
The 57-year-old lives in the 1500 block of South 12th Avenue.
His sister, Susan Riegel Vaughn of Snohomish, Wash., said he missed a scheduled family dinner on Dec. 26 and hasn’t answered phone calls.
Yakima police Sgt. Tony Bennett said officers have been checking leads without success. Nothing suspicious has surfaced so far.
“We just haven’t found a good reason for him to be gone,” Bennett said.
His girlfriend came to the police station Jan. 4 to report that they had argued the day before. She said he became upset and walked away from the house; that was the last she saw him, according to the police report.
Riegel is currently unemployed, police said. He has worked as a contract pilot for Cubcrafters, but his federal license had been temporarily suspended due to a recent surgery, his sister said.
She said he was a lifetime Yakima resident who was well known in the area. He frequented several local bars, including Max’s, Boomer’s, the Old Town Pump and the James Gang Tavern.
Friends and relatives are circulating fliers in an attempt to develop information about his whereabouts.
He is 6 feet, 2 inches tall, 195 pounds, and has gray hair and hazel eyes. A large vertical scar from the recent surgery can be seen on the right side of his neck.
The family is offering a $7,000 reward for information leading to finding Larry.
• Pilot for Cub Crafters
• Outgoing, very social
Any tips may be reported to the police department at 509-575-6200.