Flashback Friday: Rodney Grissom and Karen Lee

This week’s Flashback Friday case is actually two cases: Rodney Lynn Grissom, a 14-year-old who disappeared from Albany, Oregon on May 24, 1977, and Karen Jean Lee, a 15-year-old who disappeared from Cornelius, Oregon two days after Rodney. I’m guessing they were boyfriend and girlfriend.

It looks like Rodney and Karen ran away from home, but it’s likely they ran into a spot of bother not long afterward. Some of their stuff was later found off a remote logging road in Washington County, Oregon. Cornelius is a town in Washington County; Albany is in Linn County.

There has been no indication of Rodney and Karen’s whereabouts for nearly forty years now. Karen has a Facebook page about her disappearance, but there’s not much there. Rodney is listed on the NCMEC, but Karen, for some reason, is not.


7 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Rodney Grissom and Karen Lee

  1. Marshall Loveday March 25, 2016 / 5:50 pm

    Odd (or maybe not odd) that there are so few clues on their disappearance…… Were they thought of as ‘runaways’ way back then, so the authorities perhaps didn’t investigate as thoroughly as they would these days? I don’t know. I only arrived in Oregon in 2009, but I’ve found that it has quite a lot of lonely logging roads. A number of years ago, a young family on a winter time trip to the coast from Roseburg got lost, and ended up stuck in the snow, and out of gas. The road was actually supposed to be closed for the winter. Husband went out to look for help, and died from exposure. Wife and baby were thankfully found alive back at the vehicle. (And this wasn’t even in the Cascades – this happened in the coastal mountains between Roseburg and Coos Bay.)

    I suspect that for this couple, their bones will be discovered eventually. They disappeared in late May, so I doubt exposure to the elements would be an issue, although freezing temps still could have occurred, I suppose.

    • Meaghan March 25, 2016 / 10:17 pm

      I have a friend who lives in Bend, Oregon, in the high desert area. She says it gets insanely cold during the winter.

  2. Angela March 31, 2016 / 4:26 am

    Wow, Marshall, it’s unfathomable to me how someone could leave their children like that. =(

  3. retiredswo December 28, 2016 / 6:32 am

    Wow, I knew Rodney Grissom as a kid. I had no idea.

    • Kerstin Lindkvist December 12, 2017 / 1:13 pm

      Rod and Karen were abducted and with time killed. / azureblue

      • Deni Watson February 24, 2018 / 9:52 am

        How do you know this? I am Rodney’s cousin and would love any information you may have.

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