Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Mr. Goettsch was last seen in front of his residence. He had just rented a new apartment and was planning to move his possessions, all of which fit into the truck, later that day. He abandoned his vehicle and all of his belongings.
He had received a $3,000 workers’ compensation payment in early 1981 for an injury sustained in the oil fi elds around Abilene, Texas. He had finished three years of active duty with the U.S. Army in 1980.
His brother reported him as missing after not hearing from him in two months. Goettsch's bank account had not been touched.
About 10 months after Goettsch’s disappearance, police received a tip from an anonymous caller that two of his frinds allegedly had committed the murder and disposed of the body near a local lake. One of the men, Roney Harper, confessed to the murder in 1993. The motive was that he thought Goettsch was an undercover narcotics agent. Harper related how he shot Goettsch four times, then kicked him repeatedly. Abilene police took Harper to the site, but Harper either could not locate the remains. Harper later recanted his confession. The case was never tried in court.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Abilene Police Department
Missing and Presumed Murdered - Steve Weinberg