Details of Disappearance Rockey disappeared from Bartlesville, Oklahoma on August 26, 2002. In May 2009, he was found alive and well in South Dakota. He was located after he applied for a driver's license; he wanted to drive to his mother's home and see her on Mother's Day.
Rockey apparently took a bus out of Bartlesville and moved from place to place after that, supporting himself through odd jobs. He left behind a wife and two children in Oklahoma. He said issues with unemployment and other personal problems led him to walk out of his life.