Rogest Cain told his sister he was going to the hardware store… He never returned.
Race: African American
On the afternoon of February 19th, 1986, 61-year-old Rogest Cain told his sister that he was going to a local hardware store. His family never saw him again.
The day after Rogest disappeared, he called a neighbor and told her he didn’t feel well, and he would not be going to work.
Two days later, a private security company in an affluent neighborhood spotted a man whom they believed to be Rogest Cain. The man appeared confused and gave them a phone number belonging to Rogest’s sister. When his sister arrived, Rogest had disappeared again.
One month later, Rogest’s car was found parked on a busy street twenty-two miles from his home. Remarkably, all his papers, his G.I. bill, the deed to his property, and his insurance policies, as well as his glasses and false teeth were in the car.
At a gas station next to Rogest’s abandoned car, police learned that he had talked with a mechanic on the day after he disappeared.
Detective Doug Haskin:
The night after our broadcast, police received a call from a man in Topeka, Kansas, who believed he recognized Rogest Cain as a local resident named Elmer Jackson. Acting on the caller’s tip, police attempted to locate Elmer Jackson, only to discover he had disappeared. Within days, Rogest Cain’s son flew to Topeka and joined the police search.
The search ultimately turned up no new information and police were never able to establish if Elmer Jackson was, indeed, Rogest Cain.
In 1995, Rogest Cain was declared legally dead. His disappearance remains unsolved.