Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
Raulerson was last seen by co-workers when they returned from their iron workers job, Saturday evening, August 3, at about 6:00 p.m. They were working on the football stadium in Gainesville, Florida. Raulerson spoke to his wife and mother about 6:15 and said that he was going to help a friend who was having trouble with his truck.
His car was found abandoned on August 5, at the gate to a hunting club in north Georgia on Georgia Highway 121, between the towns of St. George and Macclenny. He had a habit of parking his car and riding with someone else onto the hunting club. Witnesses reported seeing the Pathfinder at the gate at 9:00 p.m. on August 4.
A large search was launched for him in the area around the hunting club gate, involving tracker dogs, police, numerous volunteers, and helicopters. Nothing was located that might give a clue as to Raulerson's whereabouts. Police changed the focus of their investigation from a missing person to a criminal investigation.
In October 2002, police went to the home of James Richard Cromwell to arrest him on charges of growing marijuana. He drove away from them and was eventually stopped, where he made a statement in which he mentioned Raulerson's name. He did not implicate himself in any crime. Cromwell committed suicide shortly thereafter. Police say Cornwell was the last person seen with Raulerson. The men worked and car pooled together and in previous interviews with police, Cornwell stated that he dropped Raulerson off at his vehicle parked at the Quick and Handy on SR 121 in Macclenny on August 3. In their investigation, police discovered that Cornwell was a possible suspect in two unsolved murders in Polk County, Florida in the 1980s. He was suspected of being involved in the death of his former wife in 1985 and a migrant worker in Bartow. Authorities say the investigation into Raulersonís disappearance will continue.
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Baker County Sheriff's Office
Charlton County Sheriff's Office
Baker County's The Standard