Roland Jack Spencer III

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Above: Roland, circa 1984

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 25, 1984 from Wapato, Washington
  • Classification: Non-Family Abduction
  • Date Of Birth: September 30, 1980
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Height and Weight: 2'5, 24 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Native American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Roland has a scar on his abdomen. His nickname is Do-Boy and he may go by his middle name, Jack.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long-sleeved red t-shirt with white stripes on the sleeves, brown corduroy pants and tan boots.
  • Medical Conditions: Roland is mentally disabled, has epilepsy and can only walk for about twelve feet without falling. Without medication to control his seizures, he may slip into a coma. He also suffers from hearing loss and has a very limited vocabulary; he could speak only the words "Mama," "Dada," and "Do" at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Roland was last seen in the vicinity of Knight Lane and Campbell Road in Wapato, Washington on May 25, 1984. He has never been heard from again. He is presumed to have been abducted by a non-family member.

    Curiously, Roland's mother, Celestine Faye Spencer or Yallup, disappeared in 1982 and was later found deceased at the bottom of a gully in a field off McCullough Road along the north slope of Ahtanum Ridge. Her body was found on November 11 that year, two weeks after she was last seen. Celestine had died of hypothermia and her death was ruled an accident. In 2009, the FBI reopened the investigation into her death, along with the deaths of fifteen other women, most of them homicide victims, who died on or near the Yakama Indian Reservation in the 1980s and early 1990s.

    Roland went to live with his great-aunt after Celestine's death. He has been declared legally dead, but his case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Yakima Tribal Police Department
    509-865-7765

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    Source Information
    Washington State Missing Persons Search
    My Name is Jack, Roland Jack Spencer III
    NamUs
    The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    The Yakima Herald

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    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 27, 2012; details of disappearance updated.

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