Wallowa County Undersheriff Steve Rogers says there are no true breakthroughs in the missing person case of 40-year-old Isaac Roberts, of Coeur dAlene.
Roberts has not been seen since Saturday, July 28. He had ridden his $20,000 Harley Davidson motorcycle from Coeur dAlene to Wallowa County for the Chief Joseph Days weekend.
Rogers says the investigation, under his authority with the Oregon State Police offering assistance, still is classified as a missing person investigation, and not a criminal investigation.
The only new nugget of information Rogers shared with the Chieftain this week was what he called a fairly reliable sighting of Isaac Roberts walking along Highway 3 about 20 miles north of Enterprise, possibly five miles beyond the base of Snow Hollow Hill.
Rogers said, although the man reporting the third sighting was unable to identify which day he says he spotted Roberts, that that mans sighting was made near the same location along Highway 3.
I assume all three sightings were made during the same time frame, Rogers says.
The undersheriff says hes taken search and rescue teams, with dogs, to each site along Highway 3 where sightings have been made and is willing to continue doing so in the future.
This definitely is a mystery, says Rogers.
The incident remains under investigation by the sheriffs office.
While Rogers, at least publicly, is saying no headway is being made on the investigation, some of the missing mans family such as wife Shawna, of Coeur dAlene; brother Shiloh, from Oklahoma; and a sister from San Francisco are doing investigative work of their own and are willing to discuss the case.
Shiloh says, In my mind theres no doubt but that foul play is involved. My brother (who graduated from Joseph High School in 1990), was raised as a Boy Scout and could take a pocket knife and survive in the woods for a year.
Through the familys own research, other than the mid-Saturday sightings along Highway 3, Shiloh says Isaac was last seen leaving The Hydrant, a popular pub in Joseph, at about 1:45 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, July 28.
Shiloh Roberts attributed that sighting to Matt Wandschneider, who was working as a bouncer that night at The Hydrant.
The Roberts family believes that Isaac left The Hydrant that night in the company of two men and two women. Shiloh says the family has three of the peoples names.