Keith R. Reinhard

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Above Images: Reinhard, circa 1988

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 7, 1988 from Silver Plume, Colorado
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 10, 1938
  • Age: 49 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'2, 210 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Casual clothing and sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Reinhard was last seen in Silver Plume, Colorado on August 7, 1988. After he closed his antique shop for the day, he decided to climb to the summit of Pendleton Mountain. It was about a six-hour hike and he left at 4:30 p.m. He didn't return and the next day the search began. An extensive week-long search, involving trained dogs, helicopters and over 100 people, turned up no sign of him. One the searchers crashed his plane while looking for Reinhard and was killed.

    Reinhard had taken a three-month leave of absence from his job at the Daily Herald newspaper in Chicago, Illinois, where he was a sportswriter, and gone to Colorado to climb mountains and write a novel. He left his wife and two children behind in Illinois. Reinhard opened an antique shop in Silver Plume during his leave of absence. He hoped to possibly relocate to the area permanently if his shop was a success. In 1987, Reinhard's antique shop had been a bookstore run by Tom Young. Young and his dog disappeared on September 7, 1987. Ten months later, their bodies were found in the mountains outside of town. Both Young and the dog had been shot in the head. A revolver was found at the scene, and Young's death was ruled a suicide. Reinhard was interested in Young's disappearance and decided to base his novel on the case.

    There was speculation that Reinhard and Young's cases were related and both men were in fact murdered, but authorities could find no evidence to support this. Reinhard's family never believed he left of his own accord; they stated he was happy with his life and kept in regular touch with his loved ones. Although many rumors have circulated about Reinhard's disappearance, no evidence has surfaced to support any of them and his case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Clear Creek County Sheriff's Department
    303-679-2376

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    Source Information
    Colorado Bureau of Investigation
    The Doe Network
    Unsolved Mysteries
    The Daily Herald
    The Colorado Springs Gazette

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 11, 2010; casefile added.

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