Jeffrey Frederick Ervin Kolden

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Above: Kolden, circa 2002


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 8, 2002 from Morenci, Arizona
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 27, 1971
  • Age: 30 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8 - 5'10, 150 - 185 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Native American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Kolden's nickname is Jeff. He has a small brown mustache and goatee. He has previously fractured his right arm.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white t-shirt with an American flag emblem, dark blue army fatigue pants, white socks with the brand name Hanes written across the toes, black combat boots and a Diamondbacks baseball cap.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kolden got into an argument with his fiancee on the night of June 8, 2002. He left home at 10:00 p.m. and drove to the local Circle K store, where he bought gas and beer. It's not clear where he got the money to pay for them, since his wallet was found in his other car after his disappearance, along with his heirloom wristwatch. Afterwards, he was last seen driving approximately half a mile south of Morenci on Reservation Road, in an area known as the Morenci Corrals. He has never been heard from again. The next day, Kolden's blue 1985 Chevrolet C/K 1500 pickup truck with Arizona license plates was located in the San Francisco River, which is along the same route. There was no sign of him at the scene and authorities do not believe he drowned there.

    Kolden's fiancee was pregnant with a girl at the time of his disappearance, and police theorized he walked out of his life to avoid his obligations. However, Kolden's loved ones stated he was looking forward to fatherhood and was also anticipating elk hunting season, and they don't think he would have left of his own accord. He also left his checkbook and $200 in cash behind, and he hasn't touched his bank account since his disappearance. Oddly, the date of his disappearance was also the first anniversary of his fiancee's divorce from her ex-husband. Kolden was reportedly afraid of the man.

    Kolden formerly resided in Tucson, Arizona. His disappearance is considered suspicious and his case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Greenlee County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    The Arizona Daily Star
    The Eastern Arizona Courier


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 20, 2015; details of disappearance updated.

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