Foul play suspected in cold case disappearance of Tri-State man: ‘He just vanished’

Roy Banks’s car was found at the airport. Investigators don’t believe he ever made it there.

Missing Milford man never picked up wife from airport in March 1982

MIAMI TWP., Ohio (FOX19) - Local police are asking for the public’s help cracking the decades-old cold case of Roy Banks.

Banks was supposed to pick up his wife from CVG Airport on a day in March 1982. Authorities would eventually find his car there, but Banks never showed up. It was his wife who would report him missing.

Miami Township Police Lt. Greg Jenkins, the detective on the case, says he suspects foul play.

“No body has ever been found,” Jenkins said. “The man just vanished.”

Banks, a father of two, lived on Ring Lane in Miami Township. He worked at one time for NuTone, and he was also the co-founder of a bar.

Jenkins says investigators are having a hard time with the 39-year-old case because of the thin file. “There’s not a lot of information in there,” he said.

As for the car found at CVG — a 1965 Ford Mustang — Jenkins says it’s probably just a coincidence and that whoever dumped the car had no idea Banks was supposed to pick up his wife.

“I don’t think he ever made it to the airport,” Jenkins said. “I think his car was probably dumped there to make it to the airport.”

The detective says perpetrators often left victims’ cars at airports in the ‘80′s because security was much different then.

Authorities did not find evidence of foul play, such as blood stains, in the car.

Jenkins says after 1984, the investigation slowed down.

“Things were different back in the ‘80′s. If you were an adult and you disappeared, there was the belief that, you’re an adult, you’re allowed to disappear if you want to,” he said.

Jenkins adds the lack of leads frustrates investigators, but they’re not giving up hope.

“I’m sure there’s a reason for it. I’m sure somebody knows something. There’s no question about that,” he said.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Roy Banks, you’re urged to contact the Miami Township Police Department at 513) 248-3721.

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