The Christmas cards remain on the mantle in the living room. The Christmas tree is still in front of the fireplace. All of 48-year-old John Rosholt’s belongings — including his climbing gear, computer and bicycle — are inside his Scottsdale home.
Jane Rosholt Watkins last spoke to her younger brother, who is well-known in the rock-climbing community, when he called to thank her for a Christmas present about 8 p.m. Dec. 27 before he left for Las Vegas.
At 9:42 p.m., he e-mailed his other sister, Jill Rosholt, telling her he had recently gone to a Phoenix Suns game and he hadn’t received her present yet. He said that was OK because it would be Christmas all over again when he did get it. And that was it.
John Rosholt has been missing ever since.
"John’s a conservative, responsible guy. There’s no way he would just walk away," said Darin Holt, a fellow rock climber and former roommate of John Rosholt’s.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police found his Toyota 4Runner in late April in the parking lot of the Silverton Casino.
The department began handling the case last week, said Las Vegas police Sgt. Chris Jones.
Police do not know if he walked away or if there was foul play, Jones said.
Watkins reported her brother missing in late February to Scottsdale police after she didn’t hear from him when she called about her daughter’s wedding, she said. He had planned to attend.
Although John Rosholt would frequently be gone for a few months at time, it was unlike him not to respond, Watkins said.
Scottsdale police said his financial records were not tampered with and foul play was not suspected in his disappearance at the time, said Scottsdale detective Sam Bailey.
John Rosholt rock climbed regularly.
He played poker and invested in the stock market to support himself, Watkins said.
A message displayed at www.rockclimbing.com says: "Has anyone seen John Rosholt (gambler) recently?"
Holt said John Rosholt, who had an eclectic group of friends, never contacted any of his rock-climbing buddies in the Las Vegas area.
He might have gone hiking in the area instead because of some minor injuries he had suffered, Holt said.
Anyone who has information is asked to call Las Vegas police at (702) 229-5678.