Missing in Kansas: Reward offered for info on disappearance, death of Kansas man

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Investigators continue to look into the final moments of a south-central Kansas man’s life.

Quinten Rouch disappeared in May 2018, and human remains found in April were identified as his. About 80 bones were discovered in a wooded area in Kaw City, Okla. – about 30 miles southeast of his hometown of Arkansas City, Kan.

This weekend, loved ones gathered to honor Rouch’s life. They released balloons and shared sentiments online. One relative shared a photo on Facebook. The picture has a cross with the sunset behind it, highlighting miles of fields before it. “We all celebrated your wonderful life this evening but you already know that because you shined bright with this beautiful sunset!!!! You are gone for now but never forgotten!!! We all love you Quinten Rouch!!! Fly High!!!!”

Because the case crosses state lines, multiple law enforcement agencies are involved, including the Arkansas City Police Department, Kay County Sheriff’s Office, Ponca City Police Department and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.

Officials said they plan meet soon to share notes on the investigation, which is ongoing. A cause of death has not been released from a coroner.

The disappearance and death of Rouch was named July’s Crime of the Month by Cowley County Crime Stoppers. People can leave a tip on the case with Cowley County Crime Stoppers at (620) 442-7777. Tipsters may be eligible for a $2,500 reward for information that leads to an arrest or conviction in this case.

People can also call the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation with an anonymous tip at (800) 522-8017.


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Human remains found in north-central Oklahoma have been identified as missing Kansas man Quinten Rouch.

A medical examiner was able to match Rouch’s dental records to the human bones found in the afternoon of April 12. About 80 bones were discovered in a heavily wooded area in Kaw City, said Steve Kelley, the sheriff in Kay County. He said it typically takes up to a month before the medical examiner will have additional findings.

A large area, of about 200’ by 200’, was closed off during the initial stages of the investigation that day. Kay County Sheriff’s deputies and reserve deputies were called to assist, due to the large size of the scene and help preserve it.

Quinten was reported missing in early May 2018. 

A GoFundMe has been set up to help Quinten’s family with funeral expenses. Quinten leaves behind a child.


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Quinten Bailey Rouch vanished in early May. Investigators are trying to piece together clues, hoping that he's still alive.

It's been months since Charissa Satterlee has seen her son, Quinten.

It's believed that Quinten was picked up in the middle of the night, around May 9. Satterlee said two men picked up Quinten and took him to Oklahoma. Then, a man and a woman were spotted with Quinten -- believed to be on Highway 77. They may have been going to Kaw City, more than 30 miles from his Kansas home.

Arkansas City police say it's suspicious, just based on the amount of time that has passed, from the time he was last seen to this point. As of May 9, Quinten stopped communicating with friends and family, said Ark City Police Lt. Eric Burr. 

"Currently right now, I kind of get the feeling that he's not alive and so we're doing a rescue, i mean recovery," says his mother Charissa. "We're looking for anything. His personal belongings, anything that may have been his or something that was with someone who was with him or him himself."  

Private search groups have assisted with the case, but recent rain has hindered those searches.

He's 6'2'', with brown hair, and weighs up to 200 pounds. He has large tattoos, like a gargoyle on his shoulder, a grim reaper on his arm and another large tattoo on his right arm. He was likely wearing a cross pendant necklace and carrying a black backpack.

The two people who were believed to be the last people to see Quinten are a part of the investigation, but police say they are not suspects. KAKE News has reached out to the man and the woman, but they have not responded. Quinten was also in the process of going through a divorce, but KAKE News was told the split was amicable. 

If you happen to know anything that can help with this case, contact Ponca City Police at (580) 767-0370.


Police are asking for the community’s help with finding Quinten Bailey Rouch.

Rouch was last seen in Arkansas City on May 9, 2018. It’s believed that he may be there, in Winfield or in Ponca City, Okla.

Investigators say Rouch was last known to be wearing a white t-shirt, black cargo shorts, flip flops or slip-on shoes that are grey, black and white. Often, he wears a ballcap or a purple beanie.


QUINTEN BAILEY ROUCH

Missing from: Arkansas City

Missing since: May 9, 2018

Age: 20

Height: 6’2’’

Weight: 150 pounds

Hair: Brown

Eyes: Blue


If you have information about Rouch’s case, you’re asked to call Ponca City Police at (580) 767-0370.

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