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Missing Man: Robert Thomas Pillsen-Rahier - CO - 07/06/1990

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Age progressed to age 36:

Name: Robert Thomas Pillsen-Rahier

Classification: Endangered Missing Child
Alias / Nickname: Robb, Bobby
Date of Birth: October 27, 1974
Date Missing: July 6, 1990
From City/State: Colorado Springs, CO
Missing From (Country): USA
Age at Time of Disappearance: 15
Gender: Male
Race: White
Height: 69 inches
Weight: 180 pounds
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown
Complexion: Light

Glasses/Contacts Description: Glasses with silver frames and tinted lenses.

Identifying Characteristics: Scar on middle of forehead, scars on last two toes of right foot, discoloration on right forearm and top of right hand due to burns from childhood.
Clothing: No shoes.

Circumstances of Disappearance: Unknown. Robert was last seen at approximately 8:45am at the Cheyenne Mesa Treatment Facility in Colorado Springs, CO. He has a medical condition.

Investigative Agency: Colorado Springs Police Department, Detective Richard L. Gysin
Phone: (719) 444-7500
Investigative Case #: 92-32349

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Some would say it’s the worst thing a parent can endure.

Not knowing where your child is; not knowing if he or she is hungry, cold, lonely, frightened. Not knowing if he or she is alive or dead.

That’s what Jean Rahier-Langness has gone through every day since July 1990, the day her then-15-year-old son, Robert “Bobby†Pillsen-Rahier, disappeared.

“There’s an awful lot of unanswered questions,†said Rahier-Langness. “For every missing person out there, somebody knows something. I just hope someone comes forward.â€ÂÂ

Like most of the hundreds of people in the Pikes Peak region reported missing every year, Robert is believed to have walked away. Or run away. Or just wanted to leave.

But Robert’s case differs from the vast majority of missing persons cases in one key way:

“Most missing persons come back,†said Sgt. Sal Fiorillo, head of the depart- ment’s major crimes unit, which investigates missing persons. “Most cases solve themselves within a week.â€ÂÂ

Robert’s case could have had a different outcome. If he’d been younger, if there had been evidence of a crime, if he had not been reported as a runaway, his might not have been lumped in with hundreds of such cases reported to local police each year, cases that get little attention.

An analysis of more than three years of reports of missing persons handled by the Colorado Springs Police Department and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office found most involve white males, 20 to 29 years old.

The Colorado Springs area mirrors national trends in that regard. National studies indicate it is rare that a missing child has been taken by a stranger and held against his will. It’s also rare that missing children aren’t eventually found.

For Robert’s mother, time has stood still for 5,472 days while she waits and hopes for his return.

“They can’t go beyond the day the child disappeared,†said Bob Walcutt, executive director for the Texas-based Laura Recovery Center, which helps parents initiate searches. “It’s very hard for those families unless they reach a point where they know in their hearts that person is not alive.â€ÂÂ

Rahier-Langness vividly remembers the last time she talked to Robert.

On July 6, 1990, he phoned her from Cheyenne Mesa, a treatment facility, now closed, for adolescents with emotional or mental problems.

Robert ended up in the home after suffering “behavioral and emotional problems†stemming from finding his stepfather’s body as a 7-yearold boy, Rahier-Langness said. Robert’s stepfather had shot himself.

During the call, Robert said he couldn’t tell Rahier-Langness exactly what was wrong because the call was being monitored. She immediately called the center to visit him but was told the boy was on a planned outing.

Later that day, a Cheyenne Mesa official called to say Robert had run away. His mother said Robert, despite his behavioral problems, had never run away before. She also said he was diligent about staying in touch with her.

Rahier-Langness panicked. She called the center every hour for the next 24 hours, until she was told to stop calling. She and David Langness, then her boyfriend and now her husband, drove up and down Nevada Avenue looking for Robert.

She went to police and discovered their investigation consisted of a one-page report showing a Cheyenne Mesa employee had called to report Robert had run away.

“I got no cooperation and no compassion,†from those at Cheyenne Mesa, Rahier-Langness said. “With God as my witness, not one person from Cheyenne Mesa has ever called to ask if I found my son.â€ÂÂ

No former Cheyenne Mesa employees could be found to respond.

And though police are looking into the case and a detective has been assigned, Rahier-Langness got what she regards as little cooperation from police initially.

“I fell into a deep depression,†she said. “I got so tired of fighting the system.â€ÂÂ

Rahier-Langness took ads out in The Gazette, distributed flyers and finally resorted to hiring private investigator Troy Zook to try to find answers.

The search remains fruitless.

A recent FBI study shows its agents are tracking almost 47,600 missing adult cases.

A 2002 study by the National Incidence Studies of Missing Abducted Runaway and Thrownaway Children shows an estimated 797,500 children are reported missing in America every year.

But the study also provides perspective:

“Only a fraction of 1 percent of the children who were reported missing had not been recovered by the time they entered the NISMART-2 study data,†the study states.

Most of those reported missing  84 percent  were runaways. And an “extremely small portion of all missing children† about 115  were stranger kidnappings and/or murders.

Fiorillo and missing persons experts said there’s simply no way to investigate every missing person or runaway.

“There’s so doggone many of them,†said Laura Center’s Walcutt. “No police department in the country would be able to investigate them all.â€ÂÂ

There are 10 detectives in the city’s major crimes unit. The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office has six detectives in its major crimes unit that handles most missing persons cases.

“Most of our cases are pretty cold,†Fiorillo said.

City police deal with so many missing persons and runaway cases they don’t have a reliable method for clearing the cases reported to them. They couldn’t say exactly how many people are still missing, but they know it’s not many.

“These people will come back two days later, but they don’t bother to report to police they came back,†Fiorillo said.

The only way police log runaways who have returned is if parents or guardians take them to the station to be fingerprinted and photographed.

Longtime investigator John Holiday of Colorado Springs said family members often turn to him to help find loved ones. If the person can be found, Holiday, who used to work in the District Attorney’s Office, will likely find him or her. But that’s an expense most can’t afford.

“It costs $2,500 for me just to start my car,†Holiday said.

He lumps the majority of missing people into four categories: those who do a “poor man’s divorce†by just leaving; “skips†who are trying to avoid financial burdens; runaway adolescents and those taking children in custody disputes.

To solve  if that’s possible  a case like Robert’s, Holiday would track down every employee who was working at Cheyenne Mesa in 1990, as well as the youths at the facility at that time.

Colorado Springs Detective Rick Gysin, who took over Robert’s case about a year ago, said police don’t have the resources for that type of investigation.

“It’s very frustrating, especially with something this old,†Gysin said. “If we had evidence of a crime, it would be different. . . . All I’m pretty much doing is checking the resources we have access to . . . and reaching out to the people who might have known him.â€ÂÂ

Gysin and Rahier-Langness hope someone comes forward with information.

In the meantime, Rahier-Langness continues to investigate and cope. She’s become a resource for other parents of missing children, making herself available to talk to them through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

“It’s the parents who keep these cases alive,†Rahier-Langness said. “I won’t give up hope. I won’t. There’s just a part inside me that, until someone produces a body, I believe somehow he’s alive somewhere.â€ÂÂ

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Most missing persons cases don’t warrant investigation

Police focus on those at risk of harm, signs of foul play


Police are unable to investigate every missing person or runaway case  there’s too many of them, and many don’t involve a crime. It is not illegal for adults to walk away from their lives, homes or spouses.

When receiving a report of a missing person, in most cases police will issue an “attempt to locate†order to patrol officers and document the information.

Criminal investigations are initiated for the following reasons:

c If there’s evidence of foul play  blood, signs of a struggle, witness reports of an abduction, the missing person took nothing with them or was improperly dressed  detectives will launch an investigation immediately.

c If the missing person is considered “atrisk† elderly, suffering from a mental disorder, very young, or having no history of leaving or running away.

c If the missing person doesn’t fit the profile  no criminal history, no financial problems, good grades, good communication with loved ones  investigators will try to piece together the 24 hours before that person went missing.

Most child “kidnappings†are custody disputes, police said. In most of those cases, police consider it a civil matter and refer the person who called authorities to the courts.

SOURCE: Colorado Springs Police Department

National missing-people organizations and Web sites include:
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children,
Project Jason,
The Laura Recovery Center for Missing Children,
The North American Missing Persons Network,

If you have any information about the Robert Pillsen-Rahier case, please call Colorado Springs Detective Rick Gysin at 444-7500.

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Press Release from

For Immediate Release: Oct 10, 2005

5 Year Disappearance of Lincolnite Brings Music, International Webcast and NASCAR!

In honor of: Gina Bos Missing since Oct. 2000

5th Annual “GINA Concertâ€ÂÂ

OCTOBER 16, 2005


Meadowlark Coffee House

1624 South Street

Lincoln, NE

Jannel Rap with Yvonne Perea

Local talent: Shawn Benjamin, Brian McDonald, Von Rap, Patty Sullivan, Leann and Tammy (Rap) Smith, Mick Damian, Mike Johnson & Steve Ekery

Profiling Midwest MISSING:

**Family members will be in attendance

**Gina Bos and **Melissa Schmidt-Lincoln, **Jason Jolkowski-Omaha, **Jackie Rains-Krachman-Columbus, **Erin Pospisil-Cedar Rapids, Molly Datillo-Indianapolis, Ashley Martinez-St Joseph, Justin Harris-Casper, Wyoming, Robert Thomas Pillsen-Rahier-Colorado Springs and April Wiss-Wichita


Saturday Oct 22 from 10-12PM CST or 8-10 PST

Web Cast to highlight Gina and Midwest Missing. Tune in early to watch this interactive event!

In Concert: Jannel Rap and the C Street Band, The Squirts and other Midwest Artists

NASCAR NOV 10, 2005

in honor of GINA Bos' Nov 4, 1959 Birthday! A larger than life image of Gina Bos on the hood of the Napa Auto Parts Chevy Monte Carlo in the NASCAR Elite Division Southwest Series #94. in front of a crowd of nearly 60,000 people.

ABOUT“G.I.N.A. (Greater Information Now Available) for Missing Persons: Over 100 GINA Concerts have been held from LA to NYC and most recently have evolved to a monthly LIVE WEBCAST. These concerts feature artists and the missing from their area of the country each month.

100’s of missing children and adults have been profiled on our Web sites, CD’s, America Lost and FOUND, Warrior’s for the Missing the GINA Concerts. Some of the missing have been brought home to their families.

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The Charley Project: Robert Thomas Pillsen-Rahier

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

Missing Since: July 6, 1990 from Colorado Springs, Colorado

Classification: Endangered Missing

Date Of Birth: October 27, 1974

Age: 15 years old

Height and Weight: 5'9, 180 pounds

Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Pillsen-Rahier has a small scar on the middle of his forehead and scars on the last two toes of his right foot. He has brown discolorations on his right arm and the top of his right hand due to burns he sustained in childhood. Pillsen-Rahier's nicknames are Bobby and Robb. He may be wearing eyeglasses with silver frames and tinted lenses. Some agencies give his name as "Robert Pillsen Thomas Rahier."

Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue shirt, black trousers, and no shoes.

Medical Conditions: Pillsen-Rahier had behavioral and emotional problems in 1990.

Details of DisappearancePillsen-Rahier was last seen at approximately 8:45 a.m. on July 6, 1990 in the vicinity of the 13500 block of south 8th Street in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was staying at the now-defunct Cheyenne Mesa, a treatment facility for adolescents with mental and emotional problems.

That morning, Pillsen-Rahier called his mother and insinuated that something was wrong, but told her he could not say exactly what was troubling him because the call was being monitored. His mother immediately called the facility to make arrangements to visit him, but was told that Pillsen-Rahier was on an outing. Later the day, a Cheyenne Mesa employee told Pillsen-Rahier's mother he had run away. He has never been heard from again.

Authorities are not certain what happened to Pillsen-Rahier. He has no history of running away and his mother does not believe he ran away. She stated that even if he had, it would be highly unusual for him to have no contact with his loved ones for this long. Pillsen-Rahier's mother had a close relationship with her son at the time he went missing. There is no evidence of foul play in his disappearance. His case was reclassified to a runaway to endangered missing several years after his disappearance; it remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Colorado Springs Police Department


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Robert has been missing for 18 years today. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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Older Article:

20 Years Later : Springs Mother Still Searching For Missing Son

By: Chiara Lotierzo

Updated: Sat 6:44 PM, Jun 26, 2010

It has been almost twenty years to the date since a Colorado Springs teen disappeared, but with the help of age-progression technology, his mother is hoping you can help find him.

Robert "Bobby" Pillsen-Rahier disappeared on July 6th, 1990 from a Colorado Springs treatment facility. His mother, Jean Rahier-Langness, says she remembers it, "like it was yesterday, you never get over it, you're always looking, you're always looking at people's faces," and is hoping you'll help her find him.

Bobby Pillsen-Rahier was 15-years-old when he disappeared, and though his mother says he wasn't thrilled about staying at the treatment facility, she said it was neccesary, and he would never run away. She says Bobby was a witness to his father's suicide at a young age, and needed treatment for emotional issues.

He wasn't at the facility more than a couple of weeks before they called her, telling him Bobby had run away. But soon after that, the details, became muddled. "I have a lot of questions."

Jean Rahier-Langness says the initial report of his disappearance described him wearing a blue plaid shirt and black jeans, but weeks later, those clothes, along with Bobby's other belongings, were mailed home to her. She says she got both pairs of Bobby's shoes returned, and was confused as to how she could have possession of the clothes he'd been wearing when he disappeared. "I'd like some answers,” said Rahier-Langness.

The mother hopes everyone will take a look at not only Bobby's new age-progressed picture, but all pictures of missing children. She asks everyone to "take it into their heart and look, because families are suffering.”

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Project Jason announces an update to the main page of our website. Along with the Featured Missing Adult and Featured Missing Child, there is a section called "Always Remembered". Just as with the other featured persons, those in "Always Remembered" will remain on the main page for one month. Robert Pillsen-Rahier is the August 2013 Always Remembered featured missing person.

The new section was created to renew awareness for the long-term missing, and we encourage our readers to take another look at the case, and place posters where appropriate. It also reflects the Project Jason motto: "All missing persons are loved by someone, and their families deserve to find the answers they seek in regards to the disappearance."

Please see to view the Always Remembered case.

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Families don’t give up hope after 30 years of missing a loved one

Posted 5:12 pm, August 6, 2016, by Joe St. George

DENVER -- While Mona Blee, Jean Rahier Langness, and Bernice Abeyta live in very different places, all have a unique and tragic bond.

Each mother, for on average 30 years, has been looking for a lost child.

On Saturday, all attended a first of its kind gathering in Denver aimed at helping families of missing persons. The Longmont Police Department served as the primary coordinator. Investigators re-interviewed families and provided tips on what they can to help their cases.

“I want answers, I want to know what happened to my son,” Langness told FOX31's Joe St. George.

Langness’ son Robert Rahier went missing in Colorado Springs in 1990.

“I didn’t know we could take that step and talk to various supervisors,” Langness added.

Mona Blee learned about a canine program that searches remote areas for free.

Blee’s daughter Marie went missing in 1979 while attending a dance in Craig, CO.

“That’s something we haven’t been able to do is get a dog,” Blee said.

As for Bernice Abeyta, she is just grateful to attend an event where she feels her son is not forgotten.

Abeyta’s son Christopher was snatched from his crib in 1986.

“I loved meeting with the parents of other missing children – we encourage each other a lot,’ Abeyta said.

There are currently over 1300 missing persons cases in Colorado.

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