Lawyer may have dialed 911 before disappearing |

Lawyer may have dialed 911 before disappearing

Nicole Formosa
Vail, CO Colorado

BRECKENRIDGE ” The Breckenridge Police Department summoned the Denver field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday to assist in the search for Royal “Scoop” Daniel III, a well-known Breckenridge attorney missing since last Friday.

Police department spokesperson Crystal Dean declined to elaborate on why the FBI was called in or how many agents are working on the case.

Rene VonderHaar, spokesperson for the Denver FBI office, said the FBI often helps small, local police departments with technical assistance such as behavioral or evidence analysis, as it did in the aftermath of the Bailey high school shooting last fall.

“It’s a resource thing. So Breckenridge, since they feel that we have the resources they would like to tap into, we would certainly support it,” VonderHaar said.

Besides, the FBI’s assistance, the Breckenridge police department has six people ” its own detective, a detective from Silverthorne, a detective from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office, two officers and the assistant chief ” working full-time on the investigation into Daniel’s disappearance. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation is still involved in the search as well, Dean said.

Daniel, 61, was reported missing at 3 p.m. on Friday by co-workers at The Daniel Law Firm after he missed two appointments that day.

Breckenridge attorney J.B. Katz, who’s known Daniel since 1988 when she was a summer associate at a Washington D.C. law firm where Daniel worked, said police told a group at Father Dyer Church that Daniel had made a nine-second hang-up call to 911 the morning he disappeared.

Dean would neither confirm nor deny that report citing the ongoing investigation, but said detectives are looking into Daniel’s cell phone records.

Katz said she believes her longtime friend and one-time law partner was taken from his office at gunpoint and that he is still alive, a scenario theorized by several psychics who are working on the case independent from the police.

Katz said Daniel led a chaotic lifestyle, but it would be “highly uncharacteristic” of him to leave his life behind.

“He would never dump all of this malarkey on his friends ” dealing with his office, worrying about him,” Katz said.

Daniel’s oldest son, Justin Daniel, reached at his home in Nacogdoches, Texas, Tuesday morning declined to comment on his father’s disappearance, but read a brief statement:

“I’d just like to say that the family of Royal Daniel III thanks the all the caring friends involved in the search efforts. We appreciate your concerns and we join you in your continued prayers for his safe return,” he said.

Daniel, who’s divorced, has eight children.

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