FBI Denver
Courtney Bernal
cebernal@fbi.gov
March 17, 2021

The FBI is Seeking the Public’s Assistance Regarding the Disappearance and Murder of Mr. Odell Vest

The FBI Denver Division - Durango Resident Agency (RA) is seeking the public’s assistance regarding the disappearance and murder of Mr. Odell Vest. He was last seen on approximately July 10-11, 2000, in a residence in Towaoc, Colorado, where a house party was taking place.

This case was prioritized for renewed investigation in response to the November 2019 launch of the National Strategy to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons by the United States Department of Justice. FBI Denver – Durango RA investigators reviewed several cold case missing persons and homicides on the two reservations in southwest Colorado and determined Mr. Vest’s murder is a potentially solvable case, so we are seeking the community’s support in providing new investigative leads.

“FBI agents assigned to offices near tribal land are committed to ensuring the community’s safety and security in and around the reservation,” said FBI Denver Special Agent in Charge Michael Schneider. “Our success relies on collaboration with our tribal law enforcement agencies, and the community providing valuable tips. The publication of the Seeking Information poster provides the opportunity to remind the community of our commitment to solve this crime and bring closure to Mr. Vest’s family.”

The FBI is disseminating the attached Seeking Information poster with Mr. Vest’s photo and description in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah in hopes of gathering new information to bring closure to Mr. Vest’s family as well as the community. The poster is also available online: https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/seeking-info/odell-vest.

The FBI is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of individuals responsible for the murder of Odell Vest.

Odell Vest Photo 1
Odell Vest Photo 2