The search continues for Robert Bucknell
- Jason Chaney
- Central Oregonian - News
The Bucknell family is now offering a $3,000 reward
The family of a missing Prineville man is now offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of those responsible for his disappearance.
Robert Alan Bucknell went missing on March 20, and since that time, an investigation by local law enforcement has not yielded any answers regarding his whereabouts.
According to Sergeant James Savage with the Crook County Sheriff’s Office, the case began with a missing person investigation, but as more time passed, law enforcement personnel began to suspect foul play.
“It was determined that more likely than not, something else had occurred,” he said. “So, we are investigating it as a criminal act.”
Savage went on to say that prolonged missing person cases are a rarity in Crook County, and that the more time that passes, the greater the likelihood of a negative end result.
To help aid the investigation, Bucknell’s family members chose to offer a reward for information that could help crack the case. They declined to comment on the reward.
According to Savage, cash rewards can sometimes prompt people to provide information to authorities when they might otherwise keep it to themselves.
“Sometimes, a person may overhear something and is afraid to say anything,” he explained. “A reward like this will sometimes motivate them to come forward with that one little piece of information that we are looking for.”
At the same time, offering a reward can create additional issues for law enforcement to deal with during the investigation.
“It can lead to a lot of wild goose chases,” Savage said. “It can lead to a lot of false information that takes time and resources to investigate to eliminate. So there are down sides to it.”
But reward or not, Savage invited any information that might help with the investigation.
“Don’t think that something is too insignificant,” he said.
Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Robert Bucknell should contact the Crook County Sheriff’s Office at 541-447-6398.