Do you know who murdered me?  

 

      Chris Giauque

 

$200,000 Reward for Information on Missing

Medical Marijuana Advocate, Chris Giauque

 

Contact Chris’ Father, Bob Giauque at 707-865-0933 or bob@chrisreward.org

Mail at P.O. Box 609, Monte Rio, CA 95462

Or

Private Investigator Doug Newton at 707-473-9110 or newtonslawpi@gmail.com

Mail at 401 Center St. #19, Healdsburg, CA 95448

 

 

 

On the evening of Saturday August 9, 2003, Chris Giauque went to the Spyrock area and met with a business partner, Ben Lomax, near the Iron Peak lookout point.  This area is north of Laytonville, CA in Mendocino County.  Chris was on probation for cultivation of marijuana and reportedly left his vehicle, a 1994 blue Toyota extra cab pickup truck, at this location as he did not want to be seen in his truck on the property that he, Ben Lomax, and Adrian Vasquez owned at 8500 Simmerly Rd., Covelo.  Reportedly, Ben Lomax gave Chris a ride into and out of the property.  Chris was reported as last seen in this area around 9:00 p.m.  It is presumed that he became a robbery-homicide victim.  Chris had made this trip to pick up a substantial amount of cash from Ben Lomax.  Ben had apparently let a number of people in the area know of the pending business transaction.

In an apparent attempt to steer the initial investigation away from Mendocino County, Chris’ vehicle was dropped off the following day in Humboldt County approximately fifty miles north of Spyrock Rd. and two miles south of Myers Flat on the Avenue of the Giants near Elk Creek Rd.  This is north of the Salmon Creek area where Chris had his home. Most likely his vehicle traveled along Bell Springs Rd. to the site where it was dropped off.  Another vehicle driven by a second person followed Chris’ Toyota extra cab pickup truck and after Chris’ vehicle was abandoned, the driver was picked up by the person following the Toyota.

Among the individuals of interest in this case are Ben Lomax and Scott McKinney.  Scott also owned a property on Simmerly Rd.  On Sunday, August 10, 2003, Scott was seen with one of his upper arms heavily bandaged and apparently he had sought medical attention late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.  When Scott was seen on Saturday afternoon, the day Chris went up to the property, Scott’s arm was not bandaged. Unfortunately, Chris went to the Spyrock area alone and did not take his dog or anyone with him. However, Chris always carried a knife in his fanny pack.  It is possible that Chris used his knife to defend himself.

During the afternoon of Monday, August 11, 2003 Chris was reported missing by Rebecca Smiley Giauque, his wife of two weeks.  Rebecca was accompanied by Ben Lomax and Ron Sinoway, a southern Humboldt County lawyer.  The report was taken at the Humboldt County Garberville Sheriffs’ substation.  Needless to say, it is rather unusual that a spouse reports her husband missing while being accompanied by a lawyer and the last person who admits to seeing Chris before his disappearance.

Bob Giauque, Chris’ father, was notified of Chris’ disappearance the evening of August 11, 2003.  When Bob made contact with Rebecca, her first comment was that she was considered a suspect in Chris’ disappearance.  The following day when Bob again made contact with Rebecca, he was told that she was advised by her lawyer not to have any further communication with him.  Less than a month after Chris was reported missing, Rebecca, with the assistance of Humboldt County civil lawyer, Kelly Walsh, filed papers in Humboldt County Superior Court to request that she be given control of Chris’ assets and be named the conservator of Chris’ estate.  Although Bob Giauque contested this action, the court awarded the conservatorship to Rebecca because a spouse is usually given precedence.  On September 9, 2010 an order that established the fact of death for Chris was signed in Humboldt County Superior Court.  This order was kept confidential.

It is extremely sad to lose a family member to a robbery-homicide. To this date, Chris’ body has not been located.  What happened to Chris can also happen to other individuals who grow and process marijuana in the Spyrock area.  A life is worth substantially more than whatever money is gained.

Chris was a Caucasian, six-feet tall, weighing 145 lbs with blue eyes.  He had a full beard and sandy blond hair in dreadlocks, which were four-feet long.  Chris was a very high profile individual.  A number of people are aware of the events and the circumstances that led up to his disappearance.  The perpetrators of this crime should not be allowed to go on with their lives as though nothing happened.

Bob Giauque, the father of Chris Giauque, is offering a $150,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and subsequent conviction of the individuals responsible for this homicide.  An additional sum of $50,000 is being offered for information that leads to the recovery of Chris’ remains.  A trust account with these funds has been established at Luther Burbank Savings in Santa Rosa, CA.  If anything should ever happen to Bob Giauque, the reward funds will remain available until 2018 from the person responsible for handling Bob’s estate.

Anyone with information can contact Chris’ father, Bob Giauque, at 707-865-0933, send email messages to bob@chrisreward.org, or mail at P.O. Box 609, Monte Rio, CA 95462 .  Information can also be given to Doug Newton, a private investigator.  Doug can be reached at 707-473-9110 or he can receive email messages at newtsonslawpi@gmail.com  and mail at 401 Center St. #19, Healdsburg, CA 95448.

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As a consequence of the above posting on the internet, Scott McKinney wrote the following Letter to the Editor for the Anderson Valley Advertiser. The newspaper published the letter on February 29, 2012.

 

REGARDING DISAPPEARANCE OF CHRIS GIAUQUE

I am writing in response to the article regarding the disappearance of Chris Giauque. The article was composed of some facts, some theories, and the ludicrous speculation that I was somehow involved.

A critical fact left out of the article is that I, Scott McKinney, have passed a polygraph examination proving that I had nothing to do with Mr. Chris Giauque’s disappearance, and the results of this polygraph examination have been provided to law enforcement. Let the record be clear: I had nothing to do with this tragedy. I love this community very much, and I have worked hard to earn respect. I have a family of my own, and I empathize with the anguish suffered by all involved. My heart goes out to Mr. Giauque’s family, and I wish the family closure on this issue. Accordingly, I am willing to add to the reward money so that whoever is involved can be brought to justice. I, too, want justice for Chris Giauque and his family.

Again, I have passed a polygraph on this matter, and I am willing to add to the reward money. That should be part of the discussion.

Scott McKinney

Humboldt County

 

It should be mentioned that Scott McKinney obtained legal counsel after Chris Giauque was reported missing.  Scott was not interviewed by law enforcement regarding Chris’ case during the months immediately following the disappearance of Chris Giauque.  Additionally, it appears that Scott McKinney does not have any connection with Humboldt County. Scott presently owns two properties in Mendocino County in the Fort Bragg area.

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Additional Information

 

As stated above, on the evening of Saturday August 9, 2003, Chris Giauque went to the Spyrock area of Mendocino County and met with a business partner, Ben Lomax, near the Iron Peak lookout point.  Reportedly, Chris had gone to meet with Ben Lomax to collect over $100,000 owed to Chris.  

Ben Lomax was the last person who has admitted to seeing Chris. Two days after Chris met with Ben Lomax, Rebecca Smiley Giauque (Chris’ wife of two weeks) reported Chris missing at the Garberville Sheriff Substation in Humboldt County. She was accompanied by Ben Lomax  and Ron Sinoway, a Southern Humboldt County lawyer. A spouse reporting her husband missing accompanied by a lawyer and the last person who admitted to seeing the missing individual is very unusual.  

During the first two weeks after Chris went missing, law enforcement had hoped to interview Victor Suarez, Freddie Delgado, Scott McKinney, and Eric Barnett. Reportedly, these individuals were with Ben Lomax on the afternoon of August 9th, the day Chris went missing. When law enforcement eventually made contact with Scott McKinney a number of weeks later, they were told to talk with his attorney. Reportedly the attorney faxed a letter stating that he was representing Scott McKinney, Freddie Delgado, Victor Suarez, and Eric Barnett and that none of his clients had any information regarding  Chris’ disappearance. Apparently, other than Ben Lomax and Freddie Delgado, none of the above individuals of interest were interviewed by law enforcement in the months immediately following Chris’ disappearance. Except for Eric Barnett, all of the named individuals had interests in properties either on or very close to Simmerly Rd. Chris with Ben Lomax and Adrian Vasquez owned over 400 acres on Simmerly Rd.  

On Sunday, August 10, 2003, Scott McKinney was seen with one of his upper arms heavily bandaged. Apparently he had sought medical attention late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.  When Scott was seen on Saturday afternoon, the day Chris went up on Spyrock to meet with Ben Lomax, Scott’s arm was not bandaged. Unfortunately, Chris went to the Spyrock area alone and did not take his dog or anyone with him. However, Chris always carried a knife in his fanny pack.  It is possible that Chris used his knife to defend himself.  

Approximately one year after Chris was reported missing, Doug Newton, a private investigator, was hired to seek information regarding Chris’ disappearance. Subsequently, Doug was in contact with Scott McKinney and was told by Scott that he would assist in any way possible to help solve Chris’ case but that he did not have any information. When Doug asked Scott if he was willing to sign a release for the medical attention that he received on August 9th or 10th, Scott refused. Scott’s reply was to the effect that if he signed a medical release, it could open a can of worms.  

In a separate matter, two years after Chris disappeared, four of the above individuals were included in a federal indictment out of Fresno, California. The indictment of 15 individuals was for a very large-scale conspiracy to cultivate and distribute 4,400 pounds of marijuana. Pursuant to the execution of search and arrest warrants in Mendocino County, agents arrested Freddie Allen Delgado. Thereafter, Victor Raul Suarez, Jr., Benjamin Jeffrey Lomax, and Scott Arthur McKinney turned themselves into federal law enforcement authorities in San Francisco. Information regarding this federal indictment was in a September 8, 2005 news release by a US Attorney for the Eastern District of California.  

In February 2012, a $200,000 reward was established for information regarding Chris’ case. A reward of $150,000 is offered for information that leads to the arrest and subsequent conviction of the individuals responsible for this homicide. An additional sum of $50,000 is offered for information leading to the recovery of Chris’ remains. A trust account with these funds has been established at Luther Burbank Savings in Santa Rosa, CA. Also during February 2012, the website www.chrisreward.org was established. This website has received thousands of hits. In March of 2012, information on Chris’ case was posted on the Mendocino County Sheriff’s booking logs page www.mendocinosheriff.com/newbooking . The Sheriff’s booking logs page receives on average 20,000 hits each week.  

Information on Chris’ case has been posted on the International Rewards Center (IRC) website www.internationalrewardscentre.com. Similar information has been posted on www.rewardstv.net. This last website is considering the possibility of establishing a TV Series, Reward$TV. If this series is established, it is planned that Chris’ case will be featured on the show.  

A number of people have called with information, sent email messages and mail to either Bob Giauque or Doug Newton. Without question, a number of individuals are aware of what transpired when Chris was murdered. It is evident that many of the people on Spyrock do not approve of violence and murder. Obviously, they also do not like the exposure and attention that this case receives from law enforcement. It is in the best interest of the non-violent individuals on Spyrock to have those responsible for Chris’ death arrested. Doing so would greatly diminish the focus on this area for this heinous crime.

 

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The following letter was sent to more than 1500 residents of Laytonville.

 

Do you know who murdered me?

My family called me Chris, and everyone knew me as Chris Giauque.  No, I wasn’t some dumb “hippie” who drifted onto Spyrock Rd with a pile of money to do a deal.  I was one of you; and most of you knew me.  How could you believe such a story?  Does it make you feel that the “bad karma” will go away if you believe a lie and create an alternate reality?  Even if I had been some dumb outsider, was that an excuse for robbery and murder?  No, never.   

I was a grower, like you.  I was no “snitch.”  These excuses were put out by murderers to justify betraying one of their own.  How could you fall for such a story?  Are you in denial?  Where is your memory?  the voice of your conscience?  Remember, if it happened to me, it can happen to you ...

I was young, and idealistic.  I really believed in the cause of medical marijuana.  And I fought for our right to have it.  I fought the Sheriff’s office and the Federal authorities.  And I did time for that.  I came back and tried to start up again, only to find myself betrayed by my own.  I was killed by those who wanted to replace me and take what I had worked and fought for.  Was it for turf?  Or was it just plain greed?  

I know.  You know.

I had my reasons for believing in medical marijuana.  I had open-heart surgery at age 4, and again at age 16. I broke my back in my early 20s in an accident.   I genuinely liked to help people, particularly people who were handicapped.  And whether you like to admit it or not, I helped a lot of people get started in the business.   

This situation has been very hard on my family, especially my handicapped Mother.  My family has looked for me for over 8 years.  Supposedly, I disappeared without a trace.   I am dead.  But I will not go away.  As long as my body does not receive proper burial I will haunt the back roads and the forests, and resurface in your dreams.  A crime like this creates Bad Karma.  

Resign yourselves to it.  Until I am found and the perpetrators are behind bars, my family will never give up.  They love and remember me.  They stood by me during those life-threatening open-heart surgeries.  They have not forgotten me.  And some of you have not either.  Rise up against those who would corrupt our cause.  If you are truly idealistic about this cause, stand up and drive out the criminal element.  We know you are in conflict, torn.  The website with information on my disappearance, www.chrisreward.org, has been viewed many times, and over 120 times in one single day.  Multiple newspaper articles coupled with posters in a number of localities have attracted much attention.  I thank those of you who are trying to help by calling or writing my family.  

My family is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of my remains.  An additional $150,000 reward is offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for killing me.  And now, an additional reward incentive is being made available to anyone bringing in direct evidence of the crime.  Be advised, the International Rewards Center (IRC), www.internationalrewardscentre.com, has posted this information on its website.  Failure to bring rapid closure to this case will lead to a number of bounty hunters invading your territory. They will scour the area, seeking information and asking questions.  

Information on the murder or the disposal of my body can be given to my Father, Bob Giauque, at 707-865-0933 or mail at P.O. Box 609, Monte Rio, CA 95462.  Additionally, information can be provided to Doug Newton, a private investigator.  Doug can be reached at 707-473-9110 or he can receive mail at 401 Center St. # 19, Healdsburg, CA 95448.  The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Department is extremely interested in solving this crime.  Information can be given to Sheriff Tom Allman, Captain Kurt Smallcomb, or Detective Sergeant Greg Van Pattan at 707-463-4083.  

Should something happen to any member of my family, the attention of law enforcement will be magnified and focused on your area. There are three individuals on the trust account for the reward funds, and all are aware of the many aspects of this case. They live in entirely different areas. Any one of these individuals is available to handle the distribution of the reward funds. The reward funds are available until 2018.

 

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