No new clues in lawyer’s disappearance
Vail, CO Colorado
BRECKENRIDGE ” With no new clues in the disappearance of attorney Royal “Scoop” Daniel, Breckenridge police and Colorado Bureau of Investigation investigators are concentrating on contacting people who might be able to add some pieces to the puzzle.
“We need to understand his life as much as we can,” said Breckenridge Police Chief Rick Holman. “There are a lot of different options of what could have happened here. We’re looking at all the different follow-up steps.”
Holman added that there is no coordinated search at this time.
Daniel, 61, has been missing since early Saturday morning. He is an attorney who works on immigration and visa issues. Officials at the Family Intercultural Resource Center in Dillon said Daniel helped out with clinics for West African immigrants.
“Scoop does a lot of pro bono stuff. He is very informed about immigration laws,” the said resource center’s Susan Robertson.
Much of his work involved helping West African immigrants with green card applications.
In some cases, he helped individuals who came here as under asylum to track down required paperwork from their home countries, including letters from families and other documents, Robertson said.
“He seems like such a grounded person. It would be hard to imagine him just taking off,” Robertson said.
Those thoughts were echoed by Oumar Niang, who also worked with Daniel on behalf of West African immigrants. Niang said he saw Daniel during an 11 a.m. appointment Thursday.
“He was normal, like he was all the time,” Niang said.
Roberston said she didn’t think that there was anything related to Daniel’s work that might have put in harm’s way.
Daniel was recorded entering his office at 5:35 a.m. Saturday by a security camera at the Professional Building on Ski Hill Road. When a co-worker came in at 8:35 a.m., there was pot of coffee brewing and Daniel’s dog was there. When he missed appointments at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the co-worker called police to report Daniel’s’s absence.
The call triggered a search by police officers and the Summit Rescue Group, who scoured the area within a two-mile radius of Daniel’s office. More than 140 volunteers combed a wider area Sunday, looking for any possible clues like clothing, weapons or strange footprints.
While law enforcement officials said there was no evidence of foul play, they not ruling anything out of the investigation.
“We’re working in coordination with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation at the state level on this,” Holman said.
Daniel is well-known in the community for his involvement with Father Dyer Church, and many of the residents who participated in Sunday’s search shared a connection with him through various community and civic groups.