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Kayla Croft-Payne 2010
Kayla Croft-Payne 2010
Missing 18yr old woman from 2010: now believed deceased of an overdose and burried in Oregon (Photo) - 11/19/15
On May 5, 2010 the Lewis County Sheriff's Office received a report of a missing person, Kayla Croft-Payne, who was 18-yoa at the time. The LCSO has diligently investigated the case over the course of the past 5 years and conducted numerous interviews of people that have knowledge of the case. Lewis County Sheriff's Office recently received new credible information, which included information that Kayla likely died in a RV park in Cowlitz County shortly after she was reported missing. As a result it was agreed upon by both agencies that the case should be transferred to the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office. The new information also indicates Kayla's body was transported in to a remote and heavily wooded area in Oregon and concealed. Lewis and Cowlitz Sheriff detectives have conducted multiple extensive searches over the past 6 weeks in Oregon however no human remains were located. Out of respect to the current property owners, we are not describing the area where Kayla is believed to be located. The parents of Croft-Payne have been contacted by CCSO and are aware of the recent developments. Anyone who may have information related to the case may contact Det. Cory Robinson, Sgt. Brad Thurman. Kayla was 18yrs in 2010 and 5"6" about 105 lbs with brown hair and blue eyes; a photo from 2010 is attached. Out of respect from the family we will not be releasing their contact information. Callers who wish to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers of Cowlitz County at 360-577-1206. people can also text tips on this by texting 847411 and downloading "CCSOTip".
Attached Media Files: Kayla Croft-Payne 2010
Cowlitz Sheriff investigates $50k theft from travel agency: Case going to Prosecutor - 11/13/15
In September 2015, Scottsdale, AZ based International Cruise and Excursion called the Cowlitz County Sheriff's Office to report a large scale theft which was discovered during the termination audit of one of their employees, Amber Heinz, 34 years, of Castle Rock. Ms. Heinz worked as a home based travel agent for the company. The thefts occurred between June of 2014 and August of 2015.

The company financial records reflected Ms. Heinz used the company credit card to book over $50,000 in travel for a large number of individuals but she did not reimburse her employer for expense. Ms. Heinz admitted to portions of the theft during an interview.

Deputy Riley McNeal is handling the investigation which is still on going. Anyone who has any knowledge of this situation is encouraged to call Deputy McNeal at 360-577-3092. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Cowlitz Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206.

Charges will be forwarded to the Cowlitz County Prosecutors Office in the form of a summons within the next week for charges of Theft 1st and Theft 2nd
Cowlitz Deputy arrests man for shooting shotgun next to another man. - 11/05/15
Castle Rock, Wash - Cowlitz Deputy Riley McNeal arrested Robert W. Roller (55 years) for discharging a 12ga shotgun over the shoulder of a man who, according to Roller, was bothering him. The shotgun was also recovered. The indecent and arrest occurred yesterday.

Both the victim, Luckie M. Wideman, 47 years, and Roller, live on separate buildings located at 208 Stankey Road in Castle Rock.

It began when Wideman came to the building where Roller was living and knocked on his door. Roller became upset at Wideman because, according to Roller, Wideman has been bothering him. As a result Roller grabbed his 12 ga shotgun and pointed it at Wideman and then fired it over his right shoulder. Wideman was standing a short distance away at the time. He was not injured, but was very fearful for his life. Wideman had gone to Roller's at about 10:30am to ask for a key to another building on the property.

Roller has a conviction for Felony Eluding in 1987 which prohibits him from (lawfully) possessing a firearm so he was booked for Felony in Possession of a Firearm, as well as Assault First Degree (Felony). No bail.

(Neither Roller, nor Wideman own the property)