Missing 7 years, Bartlesville man turns up

BY MATT DINGER Staff Writer
and LAURA SUMMERS - Tulsa World
Modified: May 8, 2009 at 6:41 am •  Published: May 8, 2009
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BARTLESVILLE — A Bartlesville man missing for seven years contacted police Thursday after officials were alerted when he tried to renew a driver’s license in South Dakota.

David Lee "Dave” Rockey, 58, called the police about 11 a.m. at the request of state troopers, Bartlesville Police Chief Tom Holland said.

"He called and spoke to my detective and captain and just said that he had come under a lot of pressure seven years ago. I think he had some pressures at home, he was unemployed and just decided to leave,” Holland said.

Rockey had been laid off as a geologist for Phillips Petroleum when he left on Aug. 26, 2002, for a job interview in Skiatook, about 25 minutes from Bartlesville. He wasn’t heard from again until Thursday.

His vehicle was found parked at the Tulsa International Airport, but there was no sign he boarded a plane or of foul play.

"He took a taxi from the airport to the bus station and took off,” Holland said. "He said he had been living in various places and working odd jobs.