George Wayne Pooler

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Above Images: George, circa 1988

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 18, 1988 from Omak, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 3, 1951
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Native American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. George had a beard and mustache at the time of his disappearance. He wears wire-framed eyeglasses. George is a member of the Colville Indian tribe.
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    Details of Disappearance

    George was last seen leaving a tavern near the southeast corner of Main Street and Central Avenue in Omak, Washington on November 18, 1988. He left in his blue 1982 Toyota station wagon with two other men and has never been heard from again. The station wagon was later found abandoned and burned three miles south of Omak.

    In April 1991, over two years after George vanished, his brother Edwin also disappeared. In 2005, James H. Gallaher Jr. was indicted for Edwin's premeditated murder. He eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to six years in prison. Edwin's remains have not been found.

    Foul play is suspected in George's disappearance. His sister stated that one of the men he was last seen with was jealous of George's relationship with a woman, and witnesses allegedly told her they had seen George stabbed to death. Authorities do not believe his case is connected to his brother's, however.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Colville Tribal Police Department
    509-634-2490

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    710 KIRO
    AM KOMW 600
    The Spokesman-Review

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 4, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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