Last month, Joe Keller disappeared in Colorado. Keller, 19, went for a jog on July 23 while staying with two friends at a ranch in Antonito, Colorado. Authorities say Keller left about 4:30 p.m. and never returned. The teen has been missing since then with no solid clues as to why. Friends of Joe Keller fear foul play may be involved and Keller’s family is now offering a reward for any helpful information, reports HNGN.com on Friday.
Keller and two friends were on a road trip for 15 days, traveling from their home state of Tennessee to the West Coast when Keller became separated from his friends. The three childhood buddies from Cleveland, Tennessee reportedly stopped off at the Rainbow Trout Ranch in Conejos County, Colorado where Keller and one friend, Colin Gwaltney, decided to head out on a run the afternoon of July 23. Gwaltney told news media that he and Keller left together, but only he returned to the ranch.
Apparently, as Keller and Gwaltney took off on a well-maintained forestry service road called Forest Development Road 250 near the ranch, Keller split off and took a different path after running for about a quarter of a mile. The plan was to reunite back at the ranch around dinner time. Said Gwaltney, “I took one road up and he didn’t follow, which is normal because we run at different paces.” Gwaltney returned to the ranch, but Keller never did.
Gwaltney and Keller’s third best friend, Christian Fetzner, went looking for Keller after waiting around at the ranch for about two hours. Volunteers and Keller’s family, who flew in from Tennesse, joined in the search. The search has been ongoing for nearly a month with questions still unanswered. Two Bradley County, Tennessee deputies have since joined the search for Joe Keller, along with the FBI. No leads have been found. Joe’s father, Neal Keller, fears anything could be possible at this time. “There has been no sign, no clue, no nothing.”
Conejos County Sheriff’s deputies stopped searching for Keller in early August. Everyone involved in the search for Joe Keller is just baffled. So baffled that a “feeling” from a psychic has been passed along to authorities. According to the psychic, Keller may be in Arizona. Keller’s friends say Joe would never just leave on his own, saying if he is in Arizona, then foul play must be involved. Gwaltney said Keller was happy and never showed any signs he would want to leave intentionally, but kidnapping could be a possibility.
Keller’s disappearance is not thought to be from illness or accident because the teen was physically fit, a regular runner and a swim coach. With no signs of Keller along the secluded service road, Gwaltney says it only makes sense that someone who was driving by stopped and picked him up. Neal Keller is desperate for more help and resources in finding his son. The Keller family has increased their original reward of $10,000 to $50,000, hoping for someone to come forward with a lead or new information. Joe Keller’s mom, Zoe Keller, said in an interview with NBC News that she needs to know if her son is in heaven, or in a terrible situation or somewhere out in the wilderness.
“This is something that really tests your faith. We’re just praying and hoping for others’ prayers as well,” said Zoe.
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