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Still No Clues In Cold Case Of Man Who Went Missing 30 Years Ago

By Rick Sallinger

(Editor's note: CBS4 investigator Rick Sallinger was previously a reporter for a Chicago TV station from 1986-1990. While working there he was sent to Colorado to cover the mysterious disappearance of a sportswriter for the Chicago suburban Daily Herald newspaper. Now three decades later, Rick returned to the site of the massive search.)

CLEAR CREEK COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)- Thirty years ago, Aug. 7, 1988 a man told friends he was going for a hike from Silver Plume to Mount Pendleton. He did not have proper equipment and it was late in the day for such a jaunt. That was the last time anyone has seen Keith Reinhard.

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Any trip to Silver Plume just above Georgetown along Interstate 70 in the mountains seems like a step back in time. For Kai Reinhard, it's a search for clues to his father's disappearance 30 years ago.

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CBS4's Rick Sallinger interviews Kai Reinhard (credit: CBS)

"I think there was foul play. I don't think he would have gotten up and left," he told CBS4 investigator Rick Sallinger.

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His dad was a 50-year-old sportswriter for a Chicago-area newspaper who came to Colorado on leave from work.

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Keith Reinhard (credit: CBI)

"He came out here to see what he was all about himself," Kai said.

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Knights of Pythias building (credit: CBS)

His father set up a shop in the old Knights of Pythias building. Oddly, another man who had also used that shop had disappeared a year earlier. His name was Tom Young. He had been previously featured in a CBS4 story about refurbishing a caboose.

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Tom Young (credit: CBS)

Young's body and that of his dog were found a year later, each shot in the head. It was ruled a suicide but some have doubts including the missing man's son,

"I think my dad stumbled across something and he just knew too much and that's why he disappeared," he said.

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His father had been writing a novel believed based on Tom Young's disappearance.

It was just one week after Young's body was found that Reinhard went for that hike.

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It led to one of the biggest searches in Colorado history. On the ground and above Pendleton Mountain. It was called off after a plane involved in the search crashed, killing one and injuring another.

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Reinhard's best friend Ted Parker felt then and now that Keith simply fell and is still on the mountain. Speculation has varied from a planned disappearance, to the more sinister. The Clear Creek County Sheriff's Office still has an open case on Reinhard.

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Lt. Steve Gremillion of the Clear Creek Sheriff's Office told CBS4, "There's too many possibilities and not enough evidence to determine what happened."

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Lt. Steve Gremillion (credit: CBS)

But Reinhard's s son Kai feels both Young and his dad may have met with foul play.

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Kai Reinhard (credit: CBS)

When Sallinger asked, "Do you think this mystery can ever be solved?" Kai Reinhard replied, "Yes, if somebody who knows something comes out."

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A plaque on a mountain placed by Kai Reinhard is inscribed with his father's words written when his dad was just a boy, "Oh God, I want to wander. I want to wander 'till I die. With the mountains as my living room, my only roof the sky."

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(credit: Kai Reinhard)

LINK: Colorado Bureau of Investigation Cold Case Files

CBS4's Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

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