Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Rodney Lynn Kiser, a former Dickenson County Sheriff's Deputy, left his home in Dante, Virginia to visit a brother in Northern Virginia on April 26, 1990.
His pickup was found on May 4, 1990, near a trailer he used for business in the Hazel Mountain Section of Dickenson County, Virginia. Keys to the vehicle, a tan, 1983 Dodge Ram 150 pickup, were in the ignition, and the driver's window was partially rolled down. A small brown case was found under the seat. In the case was Kiser's checkbook, some cash and food stamps from his store deposit and a few other items. His gun, a .357 Magnum, which his family claims he always kept with him, was missing, however. It has never been found.
Investigators found what appeared to be blood smeared inside an addition around the trailer's rear entrance but found no weapon.
His family believes he was killed at the trailer, but some of the evidence has been lost and attempts to do DNA testing has been unsuccessful.
Kiser lived on Hazel Mountain about 1/2 mile from the old fire tower. He lived off the main road in a mobile home. Kiser worked in Trammel, not far from where he lived. He ran H&G Market, which was owned by his brother. He owned property down the road from where he lived. On that land were another mobile home, in which he had once lived, a large old storage building and several inoperative cars. Kiser collected many junk cars, and he spent a lot of time working on them, salvaging parts. So he visited the property often. Money has never been withdrawn from Kiser's checking and savings accounts.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Dickenson County Sheriff's Office
Virginia State Police