Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Michael Meteer, a father of two, was reported missing by a family member on October 24, 1985. Meteer was first reported missing when he failed to show up for his job as a car salesman, which he had begun 10 days earlier. An investigation into Michael's whereabouts revealed he had been the victim of homicide.
The person responsible for Michael's death, Timothy James Keene, was arrested and convicted but Michael's body was never found. Keene, who grew up in Newport Beach before moving to Boulder, with his friend Michael Meteer, at first told a friend that Meteer had committed suicide and that the death was kept a secret so as not to shock Meteer's mother. Then Keene told another friend that Meteer died after he hit his head on the bumper of a pickup truck during an altercation.
On Oct. 25, 1985, Keene was arrested by Costa Mesa police, who found him driving Meteer's Silver Volkswagen Scirocco. Keene then called a friend and asked her to sell the Scirocco and use the money to pay his bail. The friend became suspicious and returned the car to Meteer's mother. But while searching through the car, the friend found Meteer's wallet, plus torn and blood-soaked clothes in the trunk.
Meteer and Keene moved to an apartment in Colorado in 1985. Meteer's mother said her son left the county after going through a traumatic divorce, while Keene left because of trouble with the law.
Keene assisted authorities in an attempt to locate Mr. Meteer's remains, but the search was unsuccessful. Keene led investigators to an area west of Green River, UT, in Emery County: Interstate 70 between mile markers 138-141. While no remains were found, items known to be that of Mr. Meteer's was located in the immediate area.
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Los Angeles Times