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By Finn J.D. John
Chronicle Columnist 

Offbeat Oregon History

Trappers' disappearance had relatives suspecting foul play


April 25, 2019

Image provided/Central Oregon Books

Dewey Morris, Roy Wilson, and Ed Nickols with their cargo sled outside of the cabin by Little Lava Lake. This photo was probably taken when Morris and Wilson were dropped off at the cabin to spend the winter with Nickols. This was probably the sled that was used to transport their bodies to Lava Lake for disposal early the next year.

As the first day of March 1924 arrived, L. Sarah Wilson's worry and alarm mounted. Something had happened. Something bad. Her son, 36-year-old Harry "Roy" Wilson, had promised he'd be back at her home in Bend sometime in February. Roy was a former U.S. Marine (8th regiment, 1917-19), and his word was solid gold. If he didn't do what he said he was going to do, it was because he couldn't.

Roy's mother was convinced that he hadn't come home to Bend because he'd been murdered.

Roy was a logger who worked for Brooks-Scanlon Lumber Co. of Bend. Late the previous year, he and a co-worker, 23-yea...

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