Is a Columbian cartel responsible for Lee Young’s disappearance?
On May 5th, 1990, a deputy sheriff came across of a burning car in the desert 100 miles south of Phoenix, Arizona. Det. Scott Reed, of the Scottsdale, Ariz. Police Dept. was assigned to the case:
The car belonged to 56-year-old bank-executive Lee Young. Lee’s job was to investigate a possible fraud case against his bank in Scottsdale.
If Lee had been murdered and his body dumped in the desert, there was one obvious motive; Lee always wore a very distinctive and very expensive Rolex watch, and always carried large amounts of cash to buy jewelry, which he sold in his spare time.
When police opened the trunk to Lee’s burned-out car, they found jewelry worth thousands of dollars. His Rolex had been taken, but why was the rest of the jewelry left behind? Lee’s wife, Connie Young:
The robbery theory seemed less likely, but another motive took its place. Lee had recently contacted Federal drug agents because he suspected that his bank was being used by a money-laundering ring. Lee had focused his investigation on a major drug cartel in Columbia. The case was still ongoing at the time of his disappearance.
Police pieced together Lee’s movements before he disappeared. He left a restaurant in Scottsdale around 12:30 p.m. and was never seen again. However, Lee or someone else used his car phone later that afternoon.
A single call came in over Young’s car phone and three calls were dialed out. One went to a phone booth, the others to a woman who denied ever talking to Lee on the telephone. Det. Scott Reed, Scottsdale, Ariz. Police Dept:
Critical information is still missing in this case: Who made the phone calls? Who burned the car? Did Lee Young die in a robbery gone wrong? Or did his investigation into a money laundering operation for a drug cartel get him killed?
Connie Young hopes that someone saw her husband’s plum-colored Lincoln Town Car between the time he left the restaurant on May 4, 1990, and the time the car was found in flames the next day. She also hopes someone might have seen his copper-faced Rolex watch. It has diamonds encircling the face and on the band.