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Sheriff’s Office investigating disappearance of Stagecoach man

Matt Stensland

Edward Zimmerman

— The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is releasing very little information related to the strange disappearance of a Routt County man.

Undersheriff Ray Birch would only say that a traffic stop Tuesday morning in Phippsburg that resulted in an arrest was related to the missing persons case.

Robin Mizerak, of Florida, said her brother, Edward Zimmerman, was reported missing Saturday. On Friday and Saturday, Zimmerman failed to show up to Three Peaks Grill, where he works as a server.

Zimmerman lives on Yellow Jacket Drive in the Stagecoach area. Zimmerman’s dog was there at the residence, but Zimmerman was not. Mizerak said that was very strange.

Mizerak said the home is now being considered a crime scene and investigators from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation were coming to process evidence Wednesday.

Mizerak said it appeared 15 of her brother’s marijuana plants had been chopped down and taken. Another 20 plants in another room were knocked over.

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“Every bit of pot that he had there was either gone or destroyed,” Mizerak said.

Mizerak said several clips of ammunition were found, but Zimmerman’s gun was not.

Zimmerman’s silver Subaru Baja was also not at the home.

On Tuesday morning, deputies pulled over a car in Phippsburg. They arrested the driver, Lucas M. Johnson, on suspicion of felony aggravated motor vehicle theft. Birch would not say whether Johnson was driving Zimmerman’s car.

According to the Routt County Jail, Johnson is 38 and listed as a transient in the Steamboat Springs area.

Information about the arrest was not yet on file Tuesday afternoon at the Routt County Justice Center.

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