By JENNIFER FITCH
5:36 PM EDT, April 20, 2013
Editor’s note: This is the first of three days of coverage regarding missing persons in the Tri-State area.
The Herald-Mail reached out to law enforcement agencies to obtain information about individuals reported missing. They include Revell Jeeter of Harrisonville, Pa.; Arthur Murray of Williamsport; Mary Jean Olshefski-Beatty of Bunker Hill, W.Va.; and Melissa Moreland, who lived with her parents near Paw Paw, W.Va.
Their stories will be told Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
If there is a missing-persons case you would like to be profiled in The Herald-Mail, call 301-791-7281. Each case must have been reported to a law enforcement agency.
The only ones who know where Revell Jeeter is could very well be his dog and the person who might have killed him.
In July 2003, Jeeter took his beloved dog, Bubba, to buy steaks at a McConnellsburg, Pa., butcher shop. It was the last sighting of Jeeter before he disappeared.
Pennsylvania State Police believe Jeeter to be a homicide victim. His sister, Jeanette Endley, came to the same conclusion herself as the years passed without solid insight into what happened to her older brother.
“I highly doubt he’s alive,” she said. “If he was, I’d be so happy, so overjoyed.”
Revell Jeeter, who was born in August 1943, had moved to 12 acres in the Harrisonville area of Fulton County to enjoy his retirement surrounded by mountains and peacefulness. Those who knew him said he mostly kept to himself.
A friend reported Jeeter missing July 21, 2003, after he did not attend a crab feed where he was expected. Initially, police and firefighters searched on foot and with a helicopter as they fanned out from Jeeter’s Buck Road property.
“There were a couple searches conducted,” Trooper Richard J. Cutchall said.
Later, a cadaver dog was added to the search party to go through brush.
Police found Jeeter’s PT Cruiser, firearms and wallet, and his all-terrain vehicle was with a neighbor who said he had been fixing it. Those who knew Jeeter said the most telling clue that he had not left voluntarily was the discovery of Bubba in his home.
“It’s like somebody just vanished. Everything was there but him,” Cutchall said.
“It just hits you like a ton of bricks,” said Endley, who had been leaving her brother voicemails before the friend reported him missing.
Rumors, tips and clues cropped up from time to time through the years.
A trained dog honed in on a spot on a neighboring farm. That area was dug up to no avail.
A man called police about a psychic’s vision that Jeeter’s body had been discarded in an abandoned well off Back Hollow Road. In February 2009, the McConnellsburg Fire Department helped police drain two wells there.
One tip claimed Jeeter, who retired from a Carroll County, Md., roads crew, had been spotted in the South.
“I personally think there is someone out there (who knows the truth). The family wants closure,” Cutchall said.
“I think there are people who know what happened and are afraid to talk because of retaliation,” Endley said.
She encouraged someone in that position to provide an anonymous tip.
“Come forward and let us know what happened,” she said.
“It’s such a mystery. That’s the big thing — that no one has a clue what happened,” said Rick Jeeter, Revell’s 47-year-old son.
Cutchall said although Jeeter could be considered a loner, he did find places where he fit. He was known to participate in charity raffles, and he enjoyed going to flea markets, auctions and church bazaars. Jeeter hunted on Saturdays.
Rick Jeeter said his father was robbed of the retirement life for which he had worked hard.
“It’s just time taken away,” he said.
“It kind of saddens me because he was set up for life. ... He should still be on that mountain enjoying his retirement,” Endley said.
In July 2010, a judge pronounced Jeeter dead so that his family could handle his affairs. Endley and her husband had spent years driving to Fulton County every weekend from their suburban Annapolis home in hopes of finding Jeeter. They still return on occasion.
“If he did (leave on his own), he was a great Houdini ... (and) just basically fell off the face of the Earth,” Cutchall said.
Endley said she tries to comfort herself with good memories of her brother, who was 12 years older than her.
“It’s sad, too, because we have no answers. It’s been nine years and we have no answers,” she said.
Anyone with information about Revell Jeeter can call police at 717-485-3131.