TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Monday, September 26, 2016 marks the one year since Joan Rebar, a resident of Jackson County disappeared.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says at the time of her disappearance she was 70-year-old and resided on the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
It is believed Rebar left the Meriden VFW in Jefferson County early that morning by herself. She was driving a silver 2005 Chrysler Pacifica with the Kansas disabled tag 71664. Her disappearance was reported to law enforcement 5 days later by a friend. Jackson County Sheriff Tim Morse says since that time law enforcement as well as many members of the public have conducted numerous searches for Rebar.
Morse says a multi-jurisdictional task force was formed by a number of investigators from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Potawatomi Tribal Police and the Kansas Bureau of Investigations. A number of state and federal resources have been used in the search for Rebar and the investigation into her disappearance. The Kansas Highway Patrol and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism have all been involved in this investigation.
Rebar’s cell phone last pinged on the Meriden cell tower 3 ½ hours after she was last seen. Rebar’s last cell phone signal indicated that her phone was south of Meriden. There was no indication that Rebar had returned back to her home on the PBPN Nation. There was no indication that Rebar intended to leave the area, but there was every indication that she intended on returning home late that day.
Morse says there has been no activity on any of Rebar’s financial accounts since her disappearance. There is no indication that Rebar disappeared on her own accord.
There have been numerous searches for Rebar. Individuals on foot, UTVs, ATVs, horses, watercraft with sonar, drones and aircraft have all been used to search for Rebar. The investigation has led to a number of persons of interest in the case, most of which have been cleared at this time. The family of Rebar have been cooperative in this investigation. Most friends and associates have been cooperative in taking polygraphs. Over a hundred individuals have been interviewed in this case.
The sheriff’s office says due to the circumstances of Rebar’s disappearance, this case is being investigated as a homicide, and will continue as such until there is evidence to the contrary. Every taskforce member involved in this case prays for a break in this investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 785-364-2251 or Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 785-863-2351 or the PBPN Police Department at 785-966-3024.