Robert Donald Linton
Robert, approximately 1986; The Lintons' truck
Date and time person was reported missing : 08/22/1986
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 02/23/1924 (97)
Age at the time of disappearance: 62 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10 - 5'11, 170 - 180 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Robert wears eyeglasses and a hearing aid.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Robert disappeared together with his wife, Dagmar Linton, from Brinnon, Washington on August 22, 1986. Both of them were retired from county jobs in Stockton, California. They were on their way to an expo in Vancouver, British Columbia at the time of their disappearances.
They stopped at the Naco West Campground in Brinnon on the Hood Canal, unhooked their travel trailer, and drove off in their truck for a day trip to Mount Baker, Washington. They never returned and have not been seen since.
The couple's pickup truck, a gray and white 1982 Dodge Ram 1500 with the license plate number 2D14431, was later found abandoned in a parking lot at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport the same day the Lintons disappeared. A photo of the truck is posted with this case summary. Blood and hair were found inside the vehicle.
Police believe the Lintons were killed by Charles Thurman Sinclair, who robbed and killed approximately thirteen people, mostly coin dealers. Sinclair's handwriting matched the signature on receipts of items purchased with Robert and Dagmar's credit cards after their disappearances, and some of the purchases were recovered in his storAge at the time of disappearance: shed.
Sinclair was never charged in connection with the Lintons' cases. He was arrested on unrelated charges in Alaska in August 1990, but he died in October of that year before he could be tried.
Dagmar and Robert have never been located.
Other information and links : ncy
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
The Seattle Times
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October 12, 2004. November 4, 2011; picture added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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