Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Retired ship’s pilot Rolf Neslund was last seen at his home on Lopez Island. His vehicle was recovered at the ferry in Anacortes, Wa.
After colleagues reported Rolf Neslund missing, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Department opened a missing-persons investigation, eventually charging his wife, Ruth, in March 1983, with murdering her husband. In October 1985, Ruth Neslund stood trial in San Juan County Superior Court and, after a month of testimony, was found guilty of premeditated murder. The judge sentenced Ruth to life in prison, where she died of natural causes in February 1993.
Ruth shot Rolf twice in the head after a violent argument over his purloined retirement fund. Ruth had quietly moved as much as $100,000 of Rolf’s retirement money from jointly held bank accounts into her individual, private accounts. When he discovered all his money was gone and confronted Ruth, she shot and killed him. With the assistance of her older brother, she disposed of the body by chopping it up with a butcher knife and an ax, incinerating the pieces in a burn-barrel and dumping the ashes in a pile of manure in back of their Lopez Island home. Robert Myers was never charged with participating in Rolf Neslund’s murder.
Although no body or body parts had ever been found, the corroborative physical evidence, primarily bloodstains found at various places inside the Neslund home and on the murder weapon, a Smith and Wesson .38-caliber revolver, proved that Rolf had been murdered.
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San Juan County Sheriff’s Department