Ronald Joe Cole
North American Missing Persons Network
Ronald Joe Cole

Above Images: Cole

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 01, 1965 from Fillmore, Ventura County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: September 21, 1945
  • Age: 19
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Weight: 140 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Scar on left cheek.
  • Case Number: 8452993

  • Details of Disappearance
    Cole was last seen on May 1, 1965 at his home in Fillmore CA. Cole reportedly came up from San Diego in 1965 to stay with his family in Fillmore while he looked for a job and that was the last time he was seen alive. He was staying with his half-brother, David LaFever. LaFever is a suspect in his disappearance. Cole's remains have not been found. LaFever is also suspected of murdering his wife's brother, Jon Brian Skaggs, who had been missing since 1977. Skaggs' remains were found July 10, 1984 in a 7 1/2-foot grave behind the LaFevers' former home in Galt.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Ventura County Sheriff's Office

    Source Information
    CA DOJ
    SACRAMENTO BEE - Tuesday, August 28, 1984