Twenty-five years and five days ago, Staff Sgt. Ronald Parkhurst, originally from Peoria, did not show up for work in Irvine, California. Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, his body was found floating in the water at Nevada’s Saddle Island Cove with a bullet hole in the back of his head. His family in Central Illinois continues their search for answers.

United States Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Ron Parkhurst did not show up to his scheduled shift as a Marine recruiter on Monday, June 16, 1997. His commanding officers found this unusual, they later shared with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).

Gunnery Sgt. Rene Robles described Parkhurst as dependable, honest, and never late for a shift. Staff Sgt. William Higgins said that while Parkhurst did not enjoy recruiting, he was the first one in the office in the morning and the last one out at night.

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