Robert Bobo - Strange disappearances in National Forests

Robert bobo disappearance Rogue River National forest

Robert Michael Bobo, disappeared October 2, 1998, Rogue River National Forest, Oregon.

Robert "Bob" Michael Bobo, 36,  was camping in a remote, heavily wooded area in the Rogue River National Forest between Prospect and Union Creek, Oregon, in October 1998. The area is to the west of Crater Lake National Park, where there have been several mysterious disappearances.

Hunters in the area saw a female dropping him off at his campsite in the Woodruff Meadows area near 700 Road on October 2, 1998, at around 9pm. He was a part-time woodcutter and had been living alone at Woodruff Meadow for a few weeks.

The Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest is a United States National Forest in the U.S. states of Oregon and California. The formerly separate Rogue River and Siskiyou National Forests were administratively combined in 2004. Now, the Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest ranges from the crest of the Cascade Range west into the Siskiyou Mountains, covering almost 1.8 million acres (7,300 km2).

On October 3rd, one of Bobo's friends arrived at his camp to pick him up for the opening of the hunting season and found no sign of him, even though he had no vehicle of his own. He contacted National Forest Rangers to report Bob missing.

What worried friends and family are that Bob left everything behind, including his favourite black Pape Cat cap, two rifles and all his clothes and all his camping gear. He knew the area too well to get lost, and he had no money to leave on his own.

Numerous searches were conducted in the area around Bobo's campsite, but no evidence was uncovered. Authorities stated there were no indications of foul play, but they do not believe Bob left of his own accord. 

Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest

Robert Bobo was one of three Rogue Valley men who had disappeared into the area’s forests around 1998. 

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies investigated the case. “It’s just suspicious. We don’t know what happened", said Detective Dan Hobbs, who suggested Bobo could have left the campsite and suffered an injury or medical emergency,

Robert's brother, Dennis travelled to the Prospect area to search for skeletal remains at least once a month looking for clothing, pieces of fabric or bones but managed to find nothing saying “We’ve played a million scenarios through our heads. We’re reasonably sure he’s not going to show up.” According to Dennis that fact that he left behind his baseball cap is all the proof that somebody killed his brother. When he woke up in the morning before he even went to the bathroom, he put his hat on, Dennis Bobo says of his brother. He was self-conscious about his receding hairline, and he never went anywhere without his cap.

Dennis Bobo says his brother was too familiar with the territory to get lost. Moreover, he doubts his brother would have wandered very far if he had suffered some kind of major medical problem and even if he wanted to leave, he was too broke. On the night he was last seen alive, Bob cadged dinner and drinks from friends in Prospect before bumming a ride to the campsite. To be that broke and then to be dropped off 14 miles outside of Prospect at the campsite would be consistent with someone planning on going deer hunting in the morning, not leaving.

Given the circumstances, Dennis Bobo said he was 99 percent sure his brother was a victim of foul play and was unhappy with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department. "There’s no evidence of foul play as they consider it, but put two and two together: Where is he if there’s no foul play?"

Sheriff’s Detective Dan Hobbs, said "Good question. At this point we have nothing to indicate foul play, Needless to say, it is suspicious in nature that he would up and disappear like that. Basically, we’ve done all we can do, he says. I sympathise with the family, not knowing, but we’re just grasping at straws here."

Hobbs says he checked out a number of leads, but none panned out. Bob ran with a sketchy crowd, and Hobbs says rumours about his disappearance flourished in Prospect.

The fact that Bob Bobo left behind all his gear at the camp including valuables like his firearms is highly suspicious. Was he attacked in his camp that night in October 1998 by someone or something? To this day, Bobo's body hasn't turned up and there is a complete lack of evidence of an animal attack. Another weird Oregon disappearance. 

Sources

http://charleyproject.org/case/robert-michael-bobo

http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/3376dmor.html

https://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?115229-OR-Robert-Bobo-36-Prospect-2-Oct-1998

http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20011004/News/310049997

http://www.mailtribune.com/article/19991104/News/311049974