Is the Zebb Quinn mystery close to being solved?
UPDATE: And it’s happened. Robert Jason Owens has been indicted and charged with the first degree murder of Zebb Quinn on July 10, 2017.
Zebb Quinn’s disappearance in January 2nd, 2000, is probably one of the strangest we’ve heard about, mostly because of the unexplainable findings and suspicious coincidences that surrounded it. New developments that happened last year, however, could hopefully give some closure to this case, and they are related to Robert Jason Owens, the man who’s being the main person of interest in his vanishing since day 1.
The night he went missing, Zebb (18) left his shift at Walmart and met Owens, a friend of his, in the parking lot. They were going to see a car that Zebb wanted to buy, and surveillance footage from a gas station puts them together at 9:15 pm. Each were driving their own car. According to Owens’ testimony, on their way over there Zebb suddenly pulled over and told him he’d received a page. After talking to the caller in a payphone, he looked frantic and said he had to leave. Before he left, he accidentally rear ended Owens’ car. That was the last time anyone heard of him.
Now here are the weird things that followed:
- Owens was later treated in a hospital for a head injury and fractured ribs. He claimed it was from a car accident he was involved later that night, but there’s no report of such an incident.
- The page Zebb got was from a paternal aunt who didn’t really have much contact with him. The aunt denied making the call, and said that someone had broken into her home at around the time the call was made. She could tell because some things had been moved, but nothing stolen.
- Also that night, the aunt had dinner with a girl named Misty, her mother and her boyfriend. Misty and Zebb had developed a friendship of sorts in the weekends leading to his disappearence, but he’d told friends that Misty’s boyfriend, whom he said was abusive, had been threatening him.
- Two days after Zebb disappeared, someone pretending to be him called his work to let them know he was sick and wouldn’t be going. The coworker knew Zebb and could tell it wasn’t his voice. They traced the call back to the place where Owens worked. He admitted he’d called, but claimed Zebb had asked him to (yeah, right).
- Zebb’s car showed up parked close to his mother’s work. Inside there was a live puppy, a hotel key card that no one’s been able to determine from where it is and a jacket that wasn’t Zebb’s. Also lips had been drawn in the back windshield.
Robert Jason Owens
In March last year, Owens was arrested and charged in the murder of chef Cristie Codd and her husband Joseph. Cristie was five months pregnant. Owens lived close by to them and apparently had been hired to do some repairs in their home. Owens stole from them and was later seen disposing of some of their belongings. He confessed, somewhat, saying he had hit Joseph with his truck and disposed of the bodies. Human remains were found in his home, but they haven’t been publicly identified yet.
This crime obviously drew attention to Zebb’s case, especially after police got a tip from a relative of Owens who said that around the time the teenager went missing, Owens had started digging a fish pond and filling it with concrete. Investigators have been searching the property, but haven’t announced any findings and Owens remains tight lipped about that.
On April 2017, Robert Owens pled guilty to the second degree murder and dismemberment of Cristie Codd, her unborn baby and her husband. He claimed that the murder was accidental, that he ran them over while driving under the influence of medication and instead of reporting the incident he chose to get rid of the bodies. He will spend between 59 and 74 years behind bars without the possibility of a parole, a plea deal he took to avoid facing the death penalty.
There’s still no official link between Owens and Zebb Quinn’s disappearance and authorities have declined to make comments about that investigation. Asked about it, Sean Devereux, one of Owens’ defense lawyers in the Codd case, said: “That matter is not over yet.”