John Charles Cizek
Cizek, approximately 2016; David Little; Cizek's 2016 Minnie Winnie Winnebago RV
Date reported missing : 06/12/2016
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/14/1944 (77)
Age at the time of disappearance: 71 years old
Height / Weight : 6'3, 200 - 220 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A long-sleeved gray or light green pullover shirt or jacket, a white t-shirt, dark-colored pants, gray or tan shoes and white socks.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Gray hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Cizek was last seen eating lunch at a McDonald's restaurant in the 100 block of Craft Drive Alamosa, Colorado at 12:30 p.m. on June 12, 2016. He had planned to travel alone in his RV, a white 2016 Minnie Winnie Winnebago, from his home in California to Colorado to go panning for gold at 10,000 feet elevation.
At 10:30 p.m. that day, Cizek's RV was sighted at a gas station on Highway 285 in Hooper, Colorado, but Cizek wasn't driving it. He has never been heard from again. A photo of his RV is posted below this case summary.
Authorities believe David Edward Little encountered Cizek after Cizek left the McDonald's on June 12. A photo of Little is posted with this case summary. At 2:00 p.m. on June 12, he bought a shovel, a tarp and a hose at a local hardware store.
Investigators believe it was Little who filled Cizek's RV with gas at the gas station in Hooper eight hours later. He was seen driving the RV over the next few days, and between June 13 and June 21, he used Cizek's credit cards at numerous places in the cities of Golden, Wheat Ridge, Arvada and Lakewood, Colorado, charging more than $3,500.
Little was arrested on an unrelated charge of Gender : ual assault in Edgewater, Colorado on June 21, 2016, after getting into a shootout with police. Authorities discovered Cizek's wallet, driver's license and credit cards in his possession, and he told police where to find Cizek's RV, which he'd abandoned at an RV park in Golden. He asked the police to retrieve his dog, whom he'd left inside the RV.
When investigators checked the RV, the shovel, tarp and hose Little had bought on June 12 were inside it. There was a significant amount of blood in the shower area and bullet holes in the wall, and the shovel had dirt and grass stuck to its blade.
Based on the evidence inside the RV, on September 14, Little was charged with first-degree murder in Cizek's case. In entries in his diary, dated just days before Cizek's disappearance, Little had written that he wanted to steal and RV and was looking out for the opportunity to do so. He would never face trial, however; he committed suicide in his jail cell on October 4.
Foul play is suspected in Cizek's case due to the circumstances involved. Investigators matched the dirt on the shovel in the RV to soil typically found in southern Colorado and believe Cizek's body could be anywhere from Alamosa to the Denver metropolitan area, possibly somewhere along Highway 285.
Other information and links : ncy
Colorado Bureau of Investigation
September 2021 updates and sources
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