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Missing woman’s boyfriend petitions to discontinue sex offender registration

Dia Abrams went lacking in June 2020 from her ranch close to Idyllwild.

SAN DIEGO — The boyfriend and self-proclaimed fiancé of former La Jolla resident Dia Abrams, who mysteriously went lacking from her ranch in 2020 close to Idyllwild and has not been seen since he petitioned a Colorado courtroom earlier this month to discontinue the requirement that he register as a sex offender.

Court data confirmed Keith Harper, 72, was convicted in 2011 of misdemeanor costs that he groped two girls throughout a snowmobile tour. In 2012, San Juan County Court Judge Anthony Edwards sentenced Harper to register as a sex offender for ten years. That time period has now expired.

Harper’s identify and {photograph} at present seem on the California Megan’s Law sex offender web site. He is listed on the location as dwelling in Idyllwild, although his deal with shouldn’t be required to be posted.

The petition Harper filed on March 15 within the Silverton, Colorado courthouse listed his deal with as 58111 Bonita Vista Road in Mountain Center, the deal with of the Bonita Vista Ranch, the place Abrams, 65, went lacking in 2020.

In a earlier interview with CBS 8, Harper claimed Abrams was his fiancée and she or he went lacking from the ranch on the afternoon of June 6, 2020, whereas he was mowing the garden and dealing on the 117-acre property.

Abrams left her automobile, purse, and cellular phone behind.

Neighbors and Riverside Sheriff groups searched the ranch for 3 days, however by no means discovered any hint of Abrams. Detectives served search warrants on the ranch, in addition to on Harper’s RV and storage business he owns in New Mexico.

Harper has assumed management of Abrams’ property underneath the phrases of a restated belief filed two weeks earlier than Abrams went lacking. Abrams’ two youngsters are contesting the belief settlement in Riverside County Probate Court. Depositions within the case are set for early April, upfront of a listening to set for May 9 within the Palm Springs courthouse.

On December 23, 2021, a second girl was lost on the Bonita Vista Ranch, when Harper known as 911 to report one in every of his employees, Jodi Newkirk, 46, had died in an ATV rollover accident.

Family members described Newkirk as a talented horse handler.  She had labored on the ranch since early August and rented a close-by home additionally owned by Dia Abrams, making funds to her landlord, Keith Harper.

Riverside Sheriff’s detectives known as Newkirk’s loss of life “suspicious” in a information launch posted days after her loss of life.

Newkirk’s post-mortem and toxicology experiences have been accomplished by the Riverside County Coroner, as CBS 8 beforehand reported, however the data have been sealed and her reason behind loss of life has not been made public, pending an ongoing investigation.

Investigators haven’t named Keith Harper a suspect in both the disappearance of Dia Abrams in 2020, or the loss of life of Jodi Newkirk in 2021.

A listening to on Harper’s petition to discontinue the requirement that he register as a sex offender is ready for May 17 at 9 a.m. in Colorado’s San Juan County courthouse.

WATCH: CBS 8 prolonged interview with Keith Harper from August 2020:

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