Rosemarie Timperley was last seen on February 02, 2016 shortly before 4 a.m. by the staff of the Central States ran Okmulgee, OK home where she was a resident.
Staff said she went to bed around 10 p.m. but continued to get up about every 45 minutes to an hour throughout the night and into the next morning until around 2:30 a.m.. When a staff member went to check on the residents for the 4 a.m. rounds, she found Rose Marie’s door locked. She went around through the bathroom that was shared by Rose and another resident and found Rose’s room vacant. The window was open and there was a trail of Rose’s belongings strung across the yard, which ended near the road at the side of the house. Among those belongings were her clothes, her purse and her acoustic guitar. The worker called the disappearance in to police immediately.
Though Rose Marie was 20 at the time of her disappearance she has the mind of about a 13-year-old child. Rose’s doctor was in the process of adjusting her medications, which made her have schizophrenic episodes, going from a zombie-like state of not speaking or responding to having extreme emotional outburst. She was also being delusional, seeing and talking to people who were not there.
Stacey Shankle recalls the last time she saw Rose, which was the day before her disappearance. She said normally when she saw Rose, “She was always an outgoing friendly girl. I don’t think she knew a stranger.” She said that Rose always had a smile and a hug for her. On this morning though, Rose stared past Stacey. She didn’t offer her a hug and she didn’t speak a word to her. Stacey says, ” It was as if she didn’t even recognize me.” When asked if there was anything she would like to say about Rose’s disappearance, she quietly sighed and said, “We want her back.”
A few days prior to Rose’s disappearance, she was on the phone with someone. A staff member asked her who she was talking to. She said, “My Uncle Charles. There’s been a funeral in the family and he is coming to get me.” When asked if there was anyone named Charles or Charlie in his family, Rose’s Mom’s family, or either of her step mother’s families, Rose’s father John Timperley replied, “There’s no Charles or Charlie that we know of.”
John recalls the last conversation he had with Rose, which he says was just days prior to her disappearance. He said Rose was speaking in a frantic manner, and “freaking out.” According to John, Rose appeared very afraid. She said, ” Daddy, you’re not my father! They’re coming for me! They’re coming to get me! If you were my father you would believe me.”
Who was coming for Rose? Due to Rose’s schizophrenic state, her doctor had ordered that Rose be admitted into the hospital. He had a specific facility in mind, and she was going to be admitted the following morning, once a bed opened. Rose knew she was being transferred and she was unhappy about it. She did not like hospitals at all. Though she never ran away from this home, in the past she had run away from foster homes. Rose’s father John felt like the home she was staying at should have had her under 24 hour surveillance until she was admitted in the hospital. However, she did have 24-hour care and they were watching her closely. He is also upset there were no alarms on the doors or windows. John does state that he was told by the group home staff that alarms would be in violation of the residents rights.
Rose’s biological mother Shannon Spring says that she has not seen Rose for the past ten years. She said she communicated with her over the phone and on FaceTime. I asked her if her boyfriend of two years had ever had any contact with Rose. She told me that he had only ever talked to her once and that was while Shannon and Rose were talking on FaceTime. She said he leaned in and told her , “Hi”. Rose responded with, “My Mother may love you but she will always love me the most. I will always be the most important thing to her.” I have learned that Rose did have contact with the mother’s boyfriend via Facebook messenger on several occasions. In fact, he gave Rose her mother’s phone number so she would have a way to contact her.
John was notified by staff about Rose’s disappearance around 6 a.m. on the morning of her disappearance. He says he wasn’t immediately too concerned due to the fact that Rose had run away in the past and usually came back within 2-4 hours. He says that even though he did not immediately go to help search, he did get on the phone with police to find out what he could about her disappearance.
Search and rescue team Bridging The Gap was called in to assist on the case. They have been actively investigating almost since day one of her disappearance. They can be found on Facebook as well as their website. They organized a group search of the Okmulgee area where Rose Marie went missing. The group home staff was very helpful and allowed them to search the entire property, including under the home. In addition to a ground search, drones were brought in and flown overhead. Many people from the community showed up for the search. Fliers were passed out in the neighborhood close to where she went missing, as well as at local businesses.
During her disappearance Rose’s story has been covered by various local news networks and local newspapers. Friends and family of Rose are hopeful her story will be shared nationwide. A Facebook page was started for her called Let’s Find RoseMarie Timperley.
The first time John Timperley spoke with the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s office he says he was told that Rose is an adult and can go missing if she wants. He has felt a lack of concern from them over her disappearance since. He is not the only one. Another source, who wished to remain anonymous, commented that they feel as if the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office just does not even care that Rose is missing. They said they have had issues getting them to look into any tips they gave the Sheriff’s Office. They claim they had to “pretty much beg” them to do certain things to investigate on the case. Due to the privacy of the source, I cannot comment what those things are. I called Smokey Patchin at the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office for a comment and he said at this time the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office declines to comment due to their policy of not commenting on an open investigation, which Rose’s case is.
I myself gave a tip to the officer and was told that probably 50-60 people have called in with the same sort of information. He said I could email my tip to him, which is what I did. From his comment to me, it was easy to get a sense of why others felt as if they were not doing enough on Rose’s case. However, is it really accurate to say they just don’t care that she is missing or that they are not doing enough?
A representative from (NCMEC) The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children has told me they cannot specifically comment on Rose’s case but she can tell me that Rose has an open case with them. She said that the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office reported Rose’s disappearance to them immediately and a case was opened on her. Though Rose was already 20, they take cases on people up to the age of 21. Her case can be found here.
The Okmulgee County Sheriffs Office has also called the OSBI in for assistance on Rose’s case. In addition, according to John Timperley, they are working to get dental records on Rose to add to her file for future purposes. Rose’s father has also submitted DNA and it has been added to (NamUs) National Missing and Unidentified Persons System. Her case on NamUs can be found here.
It is not uncommon in missing persons cases for families to feel as if law enforcement is not doing enough to bring their loved one home; however, that does not mean they are not doing everything they can.
In Rose Marie’s case, there are certain roadblocks due to her age. As the officer told John in the beginning of Rose’s disappearance, anyone that is over the age of 18 has the right to go missing if they want to. However anyone concerned with a persons disappearance also has the right to file a missing persons report. After that police are limited on what they can and cannot do, due to the adult’s rights protected by law. For example, it is very difficult to get the medical and dental records of a missing person due to the fact that they may want to be missing and they have a right to their privacy under (HIPPA) Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. HHS.gov website reads:
“The Privacy Rule is balanced to protect an individual’s privacy while allowing important law enforcement functions to continue. The Rule permits covered entities to disclose protected health information (PHI) to law enforcement officials, without the individual’s written authorization, under specific circumstances summarized below. For a complete understanding of the conditions and requirements for these disclosures, please review the exact regulatory text at the citations provided. Disclosures for law enforcement purposes are permitted as follows:”
Also, according to HHS.gov:
“A request for PHI for purposes of identifying or locating a suspect, fugitive, material witness or missing person; but the covered entity must limit disclosures of PHI to name and address, date and place of birth, social security number, ABO blood type and rh factor, type of injury, date and time of treatment, date and time of death, and a description of distinguishing physical characteristics. Other information related to the individual’s DNA, dental records, body fluid or tissue typing, samples, or analysis cannot be disclosed under this provision, but may be disclosed in response to a court order, warrant, or written administrative request (45 CFR 164.512(f)(2)).”
February 2nd, 2017 will mark the 1 year anniversary of Rose’s disappearance. Everyone that has spoken about who Rose is has said she is the sweetest, most loving person. She has a genuine heart of gold. I have been told by everyone I have spoken to that knew her, “I wish you could have met her before this all happened.” They say she loves to play her guitar, sing songs, write songs and poetry. She loves laughing and making other people smile.
Rose came from a troubled background and she braved through the hardships by smiling and putting on a show. She would literally wear a wig, put on makeup and tell people to call her by a stage name. Some of the stage names she went by was, “Candy, Shannon, Sasha and Amy.” Shannon is the name of Rose’s birth mother. Amy is the name of her first step mother and Sasha is the name of her second step mother. If anyone knows why she has referred to herself as Candy, they are not saying.
When I first started writing this article I believed it would be headed in one direction, however after speaking with family members and others that knew Rose, I have decided to tell the story on Rose’s behalf, instead of those around her. It seems to me that throughout Rose’s childhood, she did not have many people be an advocate for her. I have decided to be that advocate. During my investigation I have been lied to, verified by truth I found. I have been deceived. I have been manipulated by people who Rose was close to. I can only imagine how a woman with the mind of a 13-year-old child was able to process being treated the same way throughout her life.
I apologize that this article does not fully represent the entire truth surrounding Rose’s disappearance, however I feel that bringing Rose home is the most important thing. That is why, a lot of my findings will be turned over to law enforcement rather than posted for all to read.
I honestly believe one day the truth will come out and Rose will be found. I cry for the time she has been cheated out of, to live her life the way she wanted to. She was gaining her independence. She was learning to be self sufficient. She was finding her voice. Until she can use that voice again, I will be the voice for her.
Please be on the lookout for Rose Marie Timperley. Please call law enforcement if you have any information. She has a right to be heard. Can you hear me screaming on her behalf?
Copr. 2016 KVanatta
****There will be a Missing but Not Forgotten Vigil for Rose Marie on Saturday, February 11, 2017, starting at 5p.m. The vigil will be held at the Okmulgee County Court House at 314 W 7th Street, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, 74447.****
RECAP and ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
Rose Marie Timperley
Last seen in Okmulgee, Oklahoma around 2:30 a.m.
Age 20 at the time of disappearance
Short brown hair (she is known to change hair color, as well as wear wigs)
Wears prescription glasses.
Walks with a limp.
When she gets overly excited or upset she will clench her hands into a fist.
She sometimes refers to herself by another name.
She has been known to say that she is the mother of children, specifically Asian, but she does not have any children, nor has she ever been pregnant.
*** If you have any information, please call the Okmulgee County Sheriff’s Office at 918-756-4311***
Article by Karla Vanatta