Koby Daniel Roush

Roush, circa 2020; Roush's tattoos

  • Missing Since 07/06/2020
  • Missing From Coalton, Ohio
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race White
  • Age 24 years old
  • Height and Weight 6'2, 205 pounds
  • Medical Conditions Roush has a history of addiction issues, but had gone into recovery prior to his disappearance.
  • Associated Vehicle(s) 2014 Chrysler (accounted for)
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Roush has a scar on top of his head, which is normally hidden by his hair. He has several tattoos, including a large design of angel wings and a cross covering most of his back, two tattoos on the back of his neck, a tattoo on his upper right arm, and a tattoo on his right forearm. Photos of his tattoos are posted with this case summary.

Details of Disappearance

Roush was last seen at a party in Coalton, Ohio on July 6, 2020. He called his father at 6:00 a.m. to say his car was stuck. His father lived over an hour away, so Roush said he would call someone else to assist him. He has never been heard from again.

After his disappearance, his 2014 Chrysler was found abandoned on Mount Carmel Road in Gallia County, Ohio, near the city of Gallipolis. His wallet was inside the car, but there was no cash.

A pendant containing his deceased mother's ashes, which Roush wore on a neck chain and never took off, was found on the ground outside the car, without the chain. One of Roush's slippers was sitting near the pendant. His cellular phone was missing, but it has apparently been turned off since his disappearance.

Roush lived in Waverly, Ohio at the time of his disappearance, having recently moved there from Somerset, Ohio. Investigators believe his case may have a connection to another missing Waverly man, Raymont Willis, who was also last seen in early July.

Police have the same person of interest in both disappearances, a man named Luke Farmer. A witness told police that Farmer "told him in person that he murdered two people," Roush being one of them.

Only hours after police began searching for Farmer to question him in Willis and Roush's cases, however, Farmer died of a drug overdose. He collapsed in front of friends, who attempted without success to revive him with CPR and administration of Narcan, a medication the reverses the effects of narcotic drugs.

A sample of Farmer's blood was collected by the coroner for analysis and he tested positive for amphetamine, methamphetamine, and the designer opioid drugs 4-ANPP, fentanyl, and norfentanyl. His death was ruled an accident.

In June 2022, people searching for Roush and Willis in the Chillicothe, Ohio area found a plastic bag of clothing, which Roush's father identified as belonging to his son. The bag was lying out in the open, not hidden, and it's not clear why it wasn't found earlier, since law enforcement claimed they had previously searched that area. It has been turned over to the police for analysis.

Both Willis and Roush's disappearances remain unsolved.

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 18, 2022; details of disappearance updated.