FBI, St. Louis County Police in search of missing jeweler

The vehicle owned by a missing jeweler has been found, but there’s no word yet on what may have happened to him, St. Louis television station KSDK (Channel 5) reports. Police found the white Ford Expedition driven by 64-year-old John R. “Grizzly” Slayton just after 9:30 a.m. Friday. He has been missing since Tuesday and the FBI joined the investigation fearing he may be the victim of foul play.

The car was found Friday morning in southern St. Louis County, at the Black Forest apartments, and taken to a crime lab, the television station reports. Slayton is from Osage Beach, Mo., (about 160 miles west of St. Louis) but was in the St. Louis area for a jewelry show, according to the television report.

Slayton, described in a story in the St. Louis Post Disptach as an independent jewelry dealer who travels with merchandise in his vehicle, hasn’t been heard from since he called his wife by cell phone at 2 p.m. Tuesday, St. Louis County police said. His wife says he never returned home. Police told the newspaper that Slayton made several stops at pawnshops and stores along St. Charles Rock Road near Interstate 170 at midday Tuesday.

St. Louis County Police and the FBI are asking the public for help. Slayton is described as being a 64-year-old white male with salt and pepper hair. Anyone with information is urged to call the St. Louis County Police Department at 314-889-2341 or his family friend, Steve Repetto at 573-216-1619.