More Questions Than Answers In Decades Long Missing Persons Case

By: Elizabeth Schilder Email
By: Elizabeth Schilder Email

Why were taxes still being paid on the Jost's Amherst Junction home in missing Marie Jost's name as late as 1990? And why where the checks coming from a P.O. Box in Wonder Lake, Illinois? These are just some of the questions arising as investigators dig deeper into the disappearance of 100-year-old Marie Jost and her son Theodore.

Unfortunately we still do not have an explanation for why taxes were being paid in Marie's name from an Illinois P.O. Box or why she isn't even listed as owning the property until 1984, two years after her last confirmed sighting. But we do know a little more about the Jost family history. Even as the three family members who sit in custody refuse to cooperate.

According to investigators, Charles Jost, Dolores Disher and Ron Disher are not cooperating in the investigation. Initially the three tried to mislead detectives. Lying about their mother and brother's whereabouts and all the while fraudulently cashing Marie's social security checks.

So far the one family member to provide accurate information is deceased. Patricia Jost died in July of 1980, the last time Dolores now claims to have seen her mother. In her death records we uncovered Marie's maiden name, Farrow. We also learned the family is originally from Cook, Illinois.

The Portage County Sheriff's Department temporarily suspended their search of the Jost home Wednesday to work on paperwork. Their goal is to piece together a timeline of the disappearances. Thursday, they will be back out at the Jost home with cadaver dogs. They have already searched one shack and a bus on the property. Tomorrow they will begin examining the last remaining shelter for evidence. So far no human remains have been found.

If you have any information on this case you are urged to contact the Portage County Sheriff's Department at (715) 346-1400.

Elizabeth Schilder has been working on this case since it first broke. Click here to view her original story.

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