No closure for family of missing postal worker

Goodman

SNOWFLAKE-TAYLOR — March 29 will be the 15-year anniversary of the mysterious disappearance of 66-year-old postal worker June Goodman from her home east of Snowflake.

June’s oldest daughter, Donette, 61, said the family still wants to know what happened to her mother so they can have some kind of final closure. She said June was a well-respected member of the community who deserves nothing less that justice.

“The most important things to mom were her faith, her family and her friends,” Donette said. “She was a solid citizen and a warm person who everyone liked.”

Donette said that even with the passage of time the pain of losing her mother has not faded for herself or the rest of the family.

June still has five siblings along with three children, 19 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren who want to know what happened to their family matriarch 15 years ago and where June is today. One more great grandchild who June will never know is on the way. June’s oldest son, died last year never knowing what happened to her.

“At every family event she is in our memory,” Donette said adding that the family is still offering a $100,000 reward for information that would lead to finding June alive and $40,000 for information that would lead to the discovery of what happened to her 15 years ago.

Donette said one of her fondest memories of her mother is how she always made those around her feel special. “She always made other people happy and always put everyone else first,” She said. “She was always cheerful, bubbly and always had a great outlook,” she said.

The case is being officially called “undetermined” at this time.

15 years, few clues, no leads

Police said there were no witnesses to what she was wearing when she went missing in 2003 nor any indication of whether or not she left on her own or was taken away, maybe in a car, truck or any other kind of vehicle.

Snowflake/Taylor Police Sgt. Larry Fellows said at the time of the incident that they had not received strong leads in the case. He said Goodman’s belongings were still at her home, as were her dogs and her vehicles. Searches with both dogs and helicopters in the area around Goodman’s home yielded no clues.

Snowflake-Taylor Lt. Bobby Martin said it is “stalled” because all the leads police have gotten in the last 15 years have played out with no suspects or explanation of what happened the day Goodman vanished, virtually without a trace.

“We have had all kinds of tips from the public,” Martin said. “A lot of them came from people in the (county) jail (in Holbrook) who just wanted to get out of jail on the pretense they knew something. But we haven’t gotten anything that helped us solve this.” Of the more that 5,000 leads they have gotten over the years, none have panned out.

Donette said the family, too, has gotten countless tips from the public about what happened to June that hit a dead-end.

Martin said that while they found evidence at Goodman’s house indicating something out of the ordinary may have taken place the day she disappeared, they are still officially calling it undetermined.

The Navajo County Sheriff’s Office was initially the lead agency investigating Goodman’s disappearance.

The FBI also had agents investigating the case (along with the NCSO) from 2003 until about 2010, Martin said, at which time the case went back into the hands of Snowflake-Taylor Police detectives since neither the NCSO or the FBI could make any headway with it.

In the 15 years since she went missing, Martin said they have gotten so many opinions from so many interested people about what happened to Goodman that it starts to get confusing as to what may or may not have really happened. Martin said it is even possible that Goodman did not meet with foul play and left on her own. Police just don’t know.

Anyone with any information about June Goodman is asked to call the Snowflake-Taylor Police Department at 928-536-7500.

Reach the reporter at mleiby@wmicentral.com

(1) comment

rikkikay

I had the pleasure of seeing how much June loved and adored her children and grandchildren. I’m positive that she didn’t “leave on her own.”

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