A nationwide Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution arrest warrant for auto theft has been issued for 26-year old Joseph Dean Roberts. Roberts is also a person of interest in connection with the disappearance of 45-year old Brittany Jeniveve Tavar. Tavar has been missing from the Jacksonville, Florida area since July 6, 2010.
Roberts has connections in the Northwest and investigators believe he may currently be in the area.
Roberts was last seen with the victim during the time frame of her disappearance and he told neighbors that he was the victim's nephew, however, that is not true according to family members contacted by the St. John's County (FL) Sheriff's Office. The victim along with her vehicle, a 2004 dark blue Toyota Rav4, and her two dogs went missing from her residence in the North Beach area of St. Augustine, Florida. Both dogs were recovered in Hopkins, South Carolina, July 10, 2010 and were traced back to the victim by microchips embedded in both dogs.
The investigation has revealed that after the dogs were located, a police officer at the Evanston Police Department in Wyoming conducted a traffic stop on the victim's vehicle, a dark blue Toyota Rav4, at 2:00 a.m. on July 11. At the time, Tavar had not been reported missing and Roberts, who was driving, was given a verbal warning for excessive speed. The victim was not in the vehicle at that time.
Approximately 12 hours later, Roberts entered a Wal-Mart in Ontario, Oregon where he purchased a tent, a vintage styled black t-shirt and tan cargo shorts. He was also seen in the store wearing a dark colored t-shirt and tan colored shorts. Roberts also filled the gas tank on the Toyota Rav4 before leaving Ontario.
A Nationwide alert has been issued for the suspect and the victim as the investigation continues. In addition, the victim's family has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Roberts for the outstanding warrant. Roberts is described as a white male, 26 years old, 6'1" tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and hazel eyes. Tavar is a white female, 45- years-old, 5'7" tall, 120 pounds with blonde hair and brown eyes. The 2004 Toyota Rav4 has a Florida license plate of Q66 2NJ.
Anyone with information concerning this investigation or anyone with information on the whereabouts of Joseph Roberts or Brittany Tavar is asked to contact Detectives George Harrigan or Charles Brantley at the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office at (904) 824-8304.
Additional information about this investigation can be found at the St. John's County Sheriff's Office website at www.sjso.org.
You can also email tips to firstname.lastname@example.org, or through your local Crime Stoppers.