$50,000 reward offered for missing 81-year-old

PLACENTIA – Two years after 81-year-old Robert Harrod went missing, fliers offering a reward are still circulating in Placentia neighborhoods.
Harrod, called Bob by his friends and family, disappeared on July 27, 2009, just two days before he was to be reunited with his new wife, a childhood sweetheart whom he had married in the months leading up to his disappearance.Fontelle Harrod, his wife, had returned to her Missouri home to pack up her belongings and make the move to Placentia.
In the flier, Harrod’s family is offering a $50,000 reward for information that leads to Harrod’s whereabouts or to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in his disappearance.
Harrod’s disappearance has left police officials and investigators puzzled.
Since the beginning, investigators have approached Harrod’s disappearance as a homicide but have not been able to locate his body, a crime scene or a suspect, said detective Corinne Loomis, a police spokeswoman.
On Thursday, Loomis described the case as “dormant,” but still open.
Harrod, a millionaire, was last seen by his son-in-law Jeff Michaels that July 27 afternoon while he was doing work at the house in preparation for Fontelle’s arrival. Michaels returned to find the home locked and Harrod missing.
Since then, Harrod’s daughters have hired a private investigator.
“So far we haven’t gotten any real response from the posters, despite the reward,” said Michael Clarke, CEO of Archangel Investigations, who began working the case in November 2009.
“It just goes to the case, no physical evidence,” Clarke added. “The man had no real enemies that we know of and he’s gone with out a trace. The entire thing is bizarre.” Contact the writer: amolina@ocregister.com or 714-704-3795

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