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Missing Man's Brother Irked At Investigators

POLK COUNTY -- The renewed push to solve the disappearance of Glenn Pennie has generated some new contacts, though nothing that's brought the matter closer to resolution, the Polk County Sheriff's Off

POLK COUNTY -- The renewed push to solve the disappearance of Glenn Pennie has generated some new contacts, though nothing that's brought the matter closer to resolution, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.

Glenn's brother, Dale Pennie of Bandon, considered a person of interest in the case since 2004, meanwhile, contends he's been "raked over the coals" by authorities.

"I don't know what happened to Glenn," Dale said during a phone interview last week, adding: "I've got nothing to hide."

The sheriff's office announced on April 30 that it was reopening its investigation into the whereabouts of Glenn Pennie.

Glenn Pennie

He was last seen at his home at 14970 Airlie Road on Oct. 3, 2004, and had planned to be in Oakland, Calif., on Oct. 5 for a probate hearing regarding his late father's estate.

The sheriff's office believes Pennie was murdered and that there may be a connection to an inheritance.

Several law enforcement agencies are assisting in the case and photos of Pennie have been posted on highway billboards. Rewards for information leading to Pennie or to arrests in his disappearance have risen from a collective $10,000 to $13,000.

Sheriff Bob Wolfe said detectives have done follow-up interviews with people in Portland, Bend and Coos County, and have received feedback through tiplines.

"Unfortunately, none of it has gotten us any closer to finding Glenn at this time," Wolfe said. "They haven't shed light on anything we didn't already know.

"But, it has generated some people who we haven't talked to before," Wolfe added.

Wolfe said detectives have been paring down a list of persons of interest in the case, but that Dale Pennie and his girlfriend, Sue Billings of Bend, are still being considered.

Dale Pennie, 60, was first mentioned as a suspect by the sheriff's office eight years ago because of a strained relationship between he and Glenn.

Individuals interviewed during the original investigation said that Glenn Pennie suggested to people if anything happened to him, that Dale might be responsible, Wolfe said.

Dale Pennie, however, was able to account for his whereabouts at the time, Wolfe said.

In a phone interview on May 15, Dale Pennie said he was in Bandon when Glenn turned up missing and recalls showing detectives where he ate breakfast that day, and introducing them to people who saw him in town.

"That first time, they were basically accusing me of killing Glenn," Dale said.

Dale Pennie said he drove to Oakland for the probate hearing, which ended up being canceled.

Dale Pennie said Glenn was a bully to him growing up and that the two didn't like each other. Dale Pennie said he had lived with their mother and in the county for a few years after high school. He moved to Bandon in 1985 and rarely saw Glenn after that, he said.

Their last interaction was during the fall of 2003, he said.

Wolfe said that Dale Pennie has been "less than cooperative" and hasn't done anything to help find Glenn.

"I've never refused to talk to them about anything," Dale Pennie countered.

Polk County Detective Burney Krauger "was trying to run a profile on Glenn, I said, `What do you want to know?'" he continued. "But I don't know what Glenn's likes and dislikes are."

Dale ran for a Coos County Commissioner seat during the primary election. He won 4 percent of the vote.

"That investigation was brought down here to ruin my campaign," he said. "They've been working the (cold case) for two years, why bring it down here now?"

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