And where is Chris Giauque? Robin asked these questions on another thread. Since we're talking about the effects of 215, It's worth asking...
Cannabis distributor Les Crane slain 11/18/05
Chris Giauque's brother has set up a website with information and links.
Chris disappeared from Humboldt County on August 9, 2003. Several months later, the Humboldt County Sheriffs classified his disappearance as a homicide. Chris has not been found. Anyone who has information about his disappearance is encouraged to call me (Clint) at: 707-822-4415 or email me at clintgiauque at yahoo.com
There is a $50,000 reward for anyone who knows where his remains are located. Anyone with information can also call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251.
Chris' brother sent the following letter to over 2000 residents in Redway, California (southern Humboldt County) August 9, 2005, and to local news media and local and federal law enforcement agencies. The letter has details about Chris’ disappearance and the unsuccessful search to find him.
11 August 2003. Rebecca Giauque called me and said that Chris had been missing for 2 days. Rebecca had married Chris 2 weeks earlier. She said that she was a suspect and had hired an attorney and a private investigator. She would not provide further details.
I called Chris’s friend. He reluctantly told me that Chris had gone to Spy Rock in Mendocino County to pick up over $100,000 in cash from Ben Lomax on the night he went missing. Rebecca and Lomax had filed a missing persons report. They decided to not tell the Humboldt Sheriffs about the cash because it was from an illegal marijuana business that Chris and Lomax co-owned. This friend refused to talk to the Sheriffs because he did not want to get into any trouble.
After speaking with the Humboldt Sheriffs, I received another phone call from Rebecca. Rebecca Giauque said that she did not want the Sheriffs to know about the over $100,000 in cash that Chris picked up the night he went missing. She then warned me to stay out of Chris’s business.
12 Aug 03. I called the local media and offered a $50,000 reward for Chris’s location.
13 Aug 03. Chris’s blue Toyota pick-up was found in Humboldt County at the junction of Elk Creek Road and Avenue of the Giants. The Sheriffs immediately considered it a homicide. The Sheriffs asked me if I had seen Rebecca since they could not find her and she was not returning their calls.
23 Aug 03. I interviewed Ben Lomax. Lomax was the last person to report seeing Chris. Ben Lomax admitted that he had given Chris over $100,000 in cash on the night he went missing. The cash was from over 100 pounds of outdoor marijuana. Lomax and Rebecca had not reported the cash to the Sheriffs because the marijuana business was not legal. Lomax was upset with me for telling the Sheriffs about the cash and his illegal marijuana business. Lomax said he thought Chris was killed while burying the cash in Salmon Creek. I reported this conversation to the Sheriffs along with the fact that Chris had over $1,000,000 in cash buried on his Salmon Creek property that he shared with Rebecca Giauque.
30 Aug 03. Rebecca called me and said that she would have me arrested if I came onto any of Chris’s properties. This was the last conversation I had with Rebecca Giauque.
16 Apr 04. I learned that Ben Lomax had given tens of thousands of dollars in cash to Rebecca’s private investigator, Jeff Cyphers, in the Eureka Bayshore Mall parking lot. The source of this money was Lomax’s illegal marijuana business.
Rebecca’s attorney, Kelly Walsh contacted me that same day. He was very upset. Attorney Kelly Walsh repeatedly threatened me and said, “you better keep quiet or I will have you taken care of”. I later learned that investigator Cyphers and attorney Walsh had used Walsh’s Eureka law office to collect tens of thousands of dollars in cash directly from Lomax, and much more cash indirectly (PR030266, May 21, 2004. Judge J.M. Brown). The source of this money was Lomax's illegal marijuana business.
I have taken attorney Walsh’s threats very seriously. I know that people who are involved in the collection of large amounts of drug money can be dangerous. Chris’s disappearance and homicide s an example. After attorney Walsh’s threats I was repeatedly followed and harassed by investigator Cyphers. I have also witnessed a violent attack against a close supporter of mine.
The Sheriffs admit that private investigator Cyphers has close friends in their department. Cyphers also worked closely with one of the detectives on Chris’s case. I do not know why private investigator Cyphers would collect my murdered brother’s marijuana debts from the main suspect in his homicide. I have tried to interview Cyphers but he will not answer my questions. This information has not interested the Sheriffs department and they will not investigate.
For the past 2 years, I have been too afraid to speak out. By going public with this information, I hope to shut down Ben Lomax’s illegal marijuana business and the flow of illegal cash to people that have repeatedly harassed and threatened me. This would help my family’s search for Chris. I realize that this is unusual but I am asking for help from the local community.
I know that there are people who know what happened to Chris but are not willing to talk to the Sheriffs. I encourage anyone with any information about Chris Giauque to call me (Clint Giauque) directly at (707) 822-4415. This includes people with information about the collection of Chris’s marijuana debts.
I have offered a $50,000 reward that is still available to anyone who can tell me where Chris Giauque is located. Rebecca Giauque and Ben Lomax will not offer any reward.
Federal authorities raided Lomax’s property three weeks after publication. Lomax was arrested and indicted on charges of conspiracy to cultivate and distribute 4400 pounds of marijuana with a street value of $17,000,000 along with 14 other people. Lomax was released on bail and is currently awaiting trail. A copy of the US Attorney’s News Release can be seen at:
U.S. Deptartment of Justice - $17 million marijuana cultivation operation uncovered; 15 indicted -
September 8, 2005
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