43 years ago

Per this article, the authorities have finally identified Rudy Redd Victor, a 20-year-old Native American man from New Mexico, 43 years after his disappearance. (The article gives his date of disappearance as June 15, 1974; the Charley Project has it as July 21. Shrug. Perhaps July 21 is the date he was reported missing.) Anyway:

A decade after he fled the car during a fight with his girlfriend, who Victor was traveling with on their way back to his family’s home in Colorado, a skull was turned into the Lewis and Clark County coroner.

The skull was actually first found two years prior in the same canyon by a brand inspector, who kept the skull as a souvenir of sorts after locating it while wrangling cattle on the steep hillside in 1982.

Investigators visited the hillside and found more remains, including the lower jaw. They also found a cross with a turquoise center and remnants of a red T-shirt next to a pine tree.


Air Force investigators traveled to Wolf Creek to see the hillside where Victor’s remains were found. They, alongside the county coroner, a detective in the original case and others, climbed the steep terrain to the tree where it is believed Victor died. During the initial investigation into the case, officials found a wire noose hanging from the tree. Suicide is suspected… 

The official death certificate lists the cause of death as undetermined.

All I can say is…never say never.

11 thoughts on “43 years ago

  1. Crystal June 22, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    The atricle link doesn’t work. Glad they found him.

  2. marsyao June 22, 2017 / 5:11 pm

    What kind of people would kept the skull as a souvenir ?

    • Meaghan June 22, 2017 / 5:12 pm

      Yeah, that’s really inappropriate. I can only hope the guy assumed this was a super old skull from hundreds or thousands of years ago and not something that could be connected to a recent missing persons case. Not that that is any excuse really.

    • Lauren June 23, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Right?!? I wouldn’t want to touch it, much less leave it hanging around my home. It’s a skull for goodness sakes, it came from someone lol. Then again I think that every time I ride the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland knowing the skull on the headboard on the Pirate’s bed is real and no one seems to know who it belongs too 😦

  3. Mike June 22, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    THe link takes one back to the Charley Project posting, not the atricle you reference. Thanks!

    • Meaghan June 22, 2017 / 6:18 pm

      I fixed it; it now links to the article. Try reloading the page.

  4. Mary Underhill June 22, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    Hello–Would it be possible for me to include or reference this post on my brother’s Facebook missing person site? William Campbell Underhill–you featured him once and thanks to your site my sister and I were able to connect with a friend of his and a girlfriend of his, as well. Thank you for the work you do and for considering this request. “Never say never”–thank you for those words and for the reminder. Mary Underhill


      • Mary Underhill June 22, 2017 / 9:43 pm


  5. Vincent June 22, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    God bless Rudy Redd Victor and all of his loved ones.

    And God bless the kind people who took the trouble to identify his remains.

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