George Wayne Pooler
George, approximately 1988
Date reported missing : 11/18/1988
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 05/03/1951 (70)
Age at the time of disappearance: 37 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 150 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Native American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. George had a beard and mustache at the time of his disappearance. He wears wire-framed eyeglasses. George is a member of the Colville Indian tribe.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : George was last seen leaving a tavern near the southeast corner of Main Street and Central Avenue in Omak, Washington on November 18, 1988. He left in his blue 1982 Toyota station wagon with two other men and has never been heard from again. The station wagon was later found abandoned and burned three miles south of Omak.
In April 1991, over two years after George vanished, his brother Edwin also disappeared. In 2005, James H. Gallaher Jr. was indicted for Edwin's premeditated murder. He eventually pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to six years in prison. Edwin's remains have not been found.
Foul play is suspected in George's disappearance. His sister stated that one of the men he was last seen with was jealous of George's relationship with a woman, and witnesses allegedly told her they had seen George stabbed to death. Authorities do not believe his case is connected to his brother's, however.
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Colville Tribal Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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