YCSO investigates disappearance of Cottonwood woman a year ago

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COTTONWOOD, Ariz. -- Detectives from the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office are still seeking information regarding the disappearance of a Cottonwood, Ariz., woman more than a year ago.

Kristal Forest, 65, disappeared the weekend of March 28, 2009.

According to sheriff's spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn, Forest was moving from Cottonwood to Austin, Texas, but she never arrived at her destination. Forest's family and friends have not seen or heard from her since that time. Her two dogs and property are also missing.

Forest is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall, 135 pounds with medium-blond graying hair and green eyes.

Forest lived in Cottonwood and on occasion in the Cornville and Lake Montezuma communities.

D'Evelyn said Forest was last seen in the company of 57-year-old Robert Reed, aka Charles Olson, a Camp Verde resident.

Reed had befriended Forest and was apparently helping her with the move. The two were last seen at the A1 Storage yard in the 3700 block of Highway 260 in Camp Verde on or about March 28, 2009.

D'Evelyn said Forest's 1997 red Pathfinder and a U-Haul trailer were towed to a storage yard on North Main Street in Las Cruces, N.M., around 2 a.m. on April 2, 2009. The empty trailer was delivered by an unknown person or people in a dark-colored, full-sized extended cab truck with five cab roof lights.

A surveillance photo of the truck and trailer being driven into the storage yard was released. Detectives are hoping to locate the driver and/or owner of this truck or anyone with knowledge of the trailer's delivery to the storage yard.

Detectives believe Reed traveled with Forest for part of the trip east beginning around March 28, 2009. In August 2009, Reed was found in possession of Forest's Pathfinder, which he claimed to have bought from her. The vehicle remains in sheriff’s custody.

At that time, Reed was arrested on unrelated charges and is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence. Detectives remain in contact with him, but he has provided no credible information as to her whereabouts.

At the time of Forest's disappearance, Reed had medium-length curly hair and a scruffy beard. He was known as a homeless person in the Riverfront Park area of Cottonwood.

Reed also frequented Dead Horse Ranch State Park, the Verde Valley, Cottonwood and Phoenix prior to Forest's disappearance and may have been in some of these areas on the weekend of her disappearance.

Anyone with information can contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.