Raymond Scott Rupp
Last known address: 455 Alt. 19 – Harbor Club Downs Condominiums – Palm Harbor
Description: White male, 5”10” tall – about 120 pounds. Graying brown hair, blue eyes. Slight facial hair, possible goatee. Detectives say Mr. Rupp does not own a car and does not drive as he has a vision impairment.
A photo is attached.
What: Detectives are requesting the public’s assistance with any information on the whereabouts of a Mr. Raymond Scott Rupp, who was last seen about the middle of August.
When: A witness told detectives that Mr. Rupp was last seen in August, when Rupp reportedly left his apartment to take a computer to be repaired.
Where: 455 Alt. 19 North – Harbor Club Downs Condominiums, Unit 259 – Palm Harbor
How/Why: Deputies responded to Rupp’s apartment on August 21, 2012, when the management reported a foul odor coming from the residence. Deputies made entry, and discovered a deceased female, yellow Labrador dog. Animal Control was called to conduct an abandonment / neglect-abuse investigation. Deputies attempted to contact the listed renter – Raymond Rupp - without success. Deputies found no evidence to suggest the dog was a service dog. It is unknown if the dog belonged to Rupp.
By September 16th, the condo complex management advised deputies that Rupp had not returned to his apartment.
On September 28th, two checkbooks with Rupp’s name on the checks were found in a transient camp in a wooded area in the vicinity of Nebraska and US 19. A Sheriff’s K-9 team discovered the checks while tracking in the woods on an unrelated case.
Detectives say there is evidence that someone – not Rupp – tried to cash checks on Rupp’s account after he was last seen.
During the course of this investigation, detectives have been checking with Rupp’s associates and former roommates, and are now seeking the public’s assistance for any information about Rupp prior to or after his apparent disappearance.
Citizens can contact Pinellas County Sheriff’s Crimes Against Persons Corporal Ed Judy, at 727-582-6200, or to remain anonymous, can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.
The investigation continues.