On 4th of January , 1979, Roger Heacock disappeared from Kalamazoo, Michigan, and has not been seen or heard from since.
On the evening of January 4th, Heacock ate dinner with his wife and son, and then dropped his son off at his mother in-law’s residence. He left from there to meet an acquaintance, and simply vanished.
The 29 year-old Heacock was an avid trapper and outdoorsman. The acquaintance he was to meet with was a coworker and fellow trapper, and was thought to be involved in the theft of thousands of dollars’ worth of pelts from Heacock’s garage.
Later, the acquaintance agreed to meet with police for questioning about the disappearance on January 15th, but died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, just hours before his interview was supposed to take place.
Heacock’s 1974 green International Scout was later found at the Kalamazoo Municipal Airport, having been there since January 5th. Human and animal blood were discovered inside the vehicle and tested at the Holland Crime Lab, but no useful information was revealed.
Heacock and the acquaintance worked together at the post office and had been trapping together for many years. They had trap lines in Allegan, Branch, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, and Van Buren Counties.