Cops look for missing woman from New Castle

Cell phone records suggest a missing New Castle woman last seen in Moab, Utah, may have headed well south of there, New Castle police chief Chris Sadler says.

Police are searching for Rosalie Backhaus, 54, who was last seen checking out of the La Quinta Inn in Moab at about 8 a.m. Sunday. She frequently visited the Moab area and had been there to go hiking over the weekend.

Sadler said a Grand County, Utah, team was to have conducted a limited aerial search for Backhaus on Wednesday. Authorities are looking for Backhaus’ vehicle, an off-red or burgundy 2004 Ford Explorer with a bike rack on the back and license plate number 341-JVV. Backhaus is about 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighs 140 pounds and has blue eyes and curly brown hair.

Sadler said he learned from Backhaus’ cell phone company Wednesday that she called in and checked voice mails Sunday morning, and the cell phone signal bounced off towers servicing Taos, N.M., rather than Moab. He said he’s trying to figure out how big of a range those towers serve.

Sadler said it seems strange that Backhaus would have headed very far south from Moab when she was expected back at work at Copy Copy in Glenwood Springs the next morning.

“Everyone seems to think that she would not have left the area and not called in and said she was going to be late in coming to work, not called her children and that sort of thing, so yeah, it doesn’t sound
right,” Sadler said.

He said he’s come across no reason why Backhaus might have wanted to leave and cut off communications. He said the fact that she checked her voice mail also suggests she hadn’t been abducted from Moab.

“I think she was at least at that time willfully going in that direction,” he said.

Anyone with information about Backhaus’ whereabouts is asked to call New Castle police at 970-984-2302.


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