Above Images: Montague, circa 1999
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: June 14, 1999 from Columbia, Missouri
Classification: Endangered Missing
Age: 33 years old
Height and Weight: 5'7, 130 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair. Montague's ears are pierced.
Details of Disappearance
Montague was employed as an administrative assistant at MFA Inc. in Columbia, Missouri in 1999. She also worked part-time at a local restaurant. Montague told a friend she was meeting an unidentified person for drinks on June 14, 1999. She has never been seen again. Her white Honda Accord with personalized Missouri license plates OZ KID was discovered abandoned the following day outside a medical building in Wentzville, Missouri. The vehicle was found approximately 75 miles east of Columbia. There was no evidence of foul play at the scene, but Montague was nowhere to be found. She left her cats and kittens behind at her home without making arrangements for their care in her absence. Montague's family said that was extremely uncharacteristic of her.
Montague had $28,0000 in loans from relatives and her personal savings in 1999. She told her family that she needed the money for home remodeling projects and stock market purchases. Robert Allen Rohrer told authorities that he allegedly witnessed the 1998 murder of Rick Simpson, a Missouri man who vanished in 1998, on property owned by Wayne Jaegers in Osage County, Missouri. Authorities believe that it is possible Simpson was involved with the men in a non-existent deal to buy $20,000 worth of marijuana in 1998. Rohrer told investigators that Jaegers said his friend Henry Rehmert shot both Simpson and Montague on Jaegers' farm. Investigators believe that Rohrer, Jaegers and other individuals attempted to defraud Montague of up to $41,000 in 1999 and then murdered her to prevent law enforcement from learning about the scheme. Both victims were allegedly disposed of in a nearby river. Photos of Jaegers and Rohrer are posted below this case summary.
Authorities searched Jaegers' property for Simpson and Montague in 2001, but no evidence was discovered. Both men have been charged with securities fraud, theft and attempted theft in unrelated cases. Montague's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Jaegers, Rohrer, Rehmert, Rene Sotolar and Olivia Byler, although Montague's body has never been recovered. No one has been charged in connection with either Montague or Simpson's disappearances, although the matters are under investigation.
A hunter discovered the skeletal remains of an unidentified female near Eureka, Missouri in January 2002. Authorities are comparing Montague's dental records to the body. Clothing and a Liz Claiborne watch were discovered with the remains. Investigators stated that Montague did not normally wear that brand of an accessory.
Left: Jaegers; Right: Rohrer, circa 2001
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