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Royal Daniel III




Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: April 27, 2007 from Breckenridge, Colorado
Classification: Missing
Date of Birth: May 20, 1945
Age: 61 years old
Height and Weight: 5'9, 210 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. White hair, blue eyes. Daniel's nickname is Scoop. He speaks seven languages, including Spanish and Portuguese.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long-sleeved t-shirt, blue jeans and black loafers.







Details of Disappearance
Daniel was last seen at his office in the Professional Building in the 100 block of Ski Hill Road in Breckenridge, Colorado on April 27, 2007. Security camera footage shows him going into his office at 5:35 a.m. Daniel made cellular phone calls and bank transfers, but not withdrawals, for the next two hours. Daniel's phone made a call to 911 at 7:48 a.m. The call lasted nine seconds and nothing was said. The dispatcher called the number back, but was transferred to voice mail. This call was the last time Daniel's cellular phone was used and the last indication of his whereabouts. He was reported missing at 3:00 p.m. by his coworkers, after he missed two scheduled appointments. He has never been heard from again. He left behind most of his personal belongings, including his car and his Golden Retriever dog, but his laptop, passport and Kawasaki motorcycle disappeared with him and have not been located. When investigators checked his office, they found Daniel's broken sunglasses and a pen on the floor, but no other indications that a struggle had taken place.
Daniel is divorced and has eight children. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia's law school, and started his own law firm in 1990, specializing in real estate and immigration law. He was a prominent figure in the Breckenridge area in 2007 and was a church leader at Father Dyer Church. Daniel's personal life is described as "chaotic," but it is uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. He was not having any personal problems at the time of his disappearance. He was deep in debt, however, and had struggled with his finances for years. His loved ones stated he did not care very much about money and often undercharged for his legal services, or did not bill his clients at all.
Several weeks after Daniel's disappearance, investigators issued an arrest warrant for him. He is wanted for felony theft in connection with a substantial amount of money, possibly as much as $1.5 million, that went missing in a real estate transaction. After the warrant was issued, the Colorado Supreme Court suspended his license to practice law. Authorities speculated that he fled to Brazil. Daniel frequently traveled to Brazil as part of his work and was very attached to the country, and he speaks fluent Portuguese. If convicted of the theft, he faces up to 12 years in prison.
Many people now believe Daniel staged his disappearance and is hiding from law enforcement, but others continue to think he met with foul play. His case remains unsolved.




Investigating Agency
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Summit County Communications Center
970-668-8600


Source Information
The Summit Daily News
9 News
KMGH Denver
Royal "Scoop" Daniel Last Seen 4/27/07
The Denver Post
The Rocky Mountain News


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Mystery: "A lot of drama"

Though lawyer had share of troubles, friends find disappearance perplexing

By Steve Lipsher
Denver Post Staff Writer


Posted: 05/07/2007 01:00:00 AM MDT
Updated: 05/07/2007 09:05:52 AM MDT

Breckenridge - On the day he was born, Royal Daniel III made headlines when the pressmen at the newspaper where his parents both worked created a fake front page commemorating the occasion with the scoop.

Known as "Scoop" ever since, Daniel has become the subject of headlines again, this time because of a deepening mystery surrounding his disappearance 10 days ago.

As local, state and federal authorities continue to search for the 61-year-old, friends paint a picture of a giving and gregarious man devoted to his friends and his lifestyle. He has also had financial difficulties and a history of relationship troubles.

"His life always seemed in chaos," said J.B. Katz, a former law partner who moved with Daniel to Breckenridge from Washington, D.C., in 1994. "He's had a lot of drama."

But no one knows anyone who would want to harm Daniel, a free spirit famous for making friends easily and always offering a helping hand.

"Scoop is the sort of person that would give willingly any way that he could to anyone that he meets," said Cheryl Love, who ended a long-term relationship with Daniel last year.

911 hang-up call on cell

Although he led a good life in Breckenridge, Daniel had a stormy divorce and strained relationships with his kids.

In Breckenridge, Daniel has sung in the choir and served on committees at Father Dyer United Methodist Church, volunteered as an ambassador for the local chamber of commerce and was crowned Breckenridge's Mardi Gras king in February.

"He's very professional in his business life, very spiritual in his Christian life and very fun- loving, crazy, jovial, spirited in his personal life," Love said.

Daniel was captured on a surveillance camera entering his office building with his golden retriever, Ben, at 5:35 a.m. April 27. Investigators say he spent the next few hours performing routine work tasks on the computer and his cellphone.

A radio disc jockey crossed paths with him in the hallway about 7:30 that morning, noting that Daniel seemed preoccupied. The Summit County dispatch center received a 911 hang- up call from his cellphone at 7:48 a.m. That was the last anyone heard from him.

"I just can't believe that he just disappeared," said Steve Shockey, one of Daniel's closest friends in town. "It's totally inconsistent."

But some friends have speculated that Daniel - versed in seven languages - could have fled unspecified demons to South America, abandoning his friends, his dog and his life.

"If he left willingly, I believe he left with a broken heart. I honestly believe that, because he loves his children, he loves his dog, and he loves his friends," Katz said.

Shockey said Daniel lived for social gatherings, whether it was meeting every Wednesday at a local doughnut shop before skiing with friends or hosting his own coffee klatches Thursday mornings in his office.

Although Daniel led a charmed life in Breckenridge, it wasn't always so.

After having an extramarital affair, he weathered a stormy divorce from his wife, Joyce, and afterward had strained relationships with their eight children.

Joyce Daniel did not respond to requests for comment, and his oldest son, Justin, issued only a terse statement indicating the family supported search efforts.

"If Scoop has a vice, it's women," Katz said.

In Breckenridge, though, he ran into another bugaboo: poor financial management spurred in great part by his reluctance to charge his clients.

"He did not open his law firm to make money. He has given away probably as much of his work as he ever charged for," Love said.

At one point, Katz said, Daniel failed to make required tax deposits to the Internal Revenue Service for the law firm, costing her a "substantial amount" of money when she discovered the negligence and took on the repayment herself because he couldn't afford it.

"'Good karma' law"

Daniel shied away from the cutthroat Washington, D.C., legal scene in favor of helping immigrants get green cards.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia Law School, Daniel quickly rose to partner in several Washington law firms and later worked at the U.S. Treasury Department and taught international trade law at U.Va.

Daniel left the Washington legal scene in part because he didn't like the cutthroat nature of high-stakes litigation.

"He was not a fighter. He always did what he called 'good karma' law," Love said.

One of his passions in recent years has been helping immigrants.

Four years ago, Daniel first helped Oumar Niang and more than a dozen other West Africans procure green cards. He quickly became the attorney of choice for local immigrants.

"Anytime any of my friends had a problem, he would take care of it. And there was never any charge at all," said Niang, who came to Summit County from Mauritania.

Daniel never turned anyone away, even if they showed up without an appointment or queued up with friends who did have appointments, Niang said.

"I've never, ever seen someone who does that. ... He's given his heart and soul to all of the community. What he's done for me and for my fellow Africans, I can never repay him," said Niang, fighting tears. "I pray to God to keep him safe. He's a very true friend."

Breckenridge police obtained 10 search warrants Wednesday and three more Friday but would not disclose the locations. Three of the searches were conducted out of state and the rest around Breckenridge.

Meanwhile, increasingly desperate friends have organized searches, posted fliers and even consulted psychics.

"You feel helpless," Love said. "We've gone from feeling devastated and shocked to fearful of what might have happened to him to now feeling like we're mourning, and you don't know why you're mourning."



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Police fear "Scoop" may have fled U.S.

The Breckenridge lawyer had big debts, a passport and a lot of friends in Brazil, authorities say.

By Steve Lipsher Denver Post Staff Writer
Posted: 05/10/2007 01:00:00 AM MDT

Breckenridge - Missing Breckenridge lawyer Royal "Scoop" Daniel III has been in serious debt for some time and may have been planning an international escape for months, authorities said Wednesday.

Daniel, 61, who vanished April 27, is accused of playing a shell game with more than $500,000 of his clients' money and faces felony theft charges, according to Breckenridge officials and the arrest warrant.

"What we are finding is evidence that led us to believe Mr. Daniel was involved in criminal activity," Breckenridge Police Chief Rick Holman said.

Daniel has been the subject of a large-scale search effort since co- workers reported him missing. But investigators said Daniel dug himself deeply into debt and apparently was using money held in escrow from real estate investors to cover his expenses and other investors, police said.

In addition, Daniel had many Brazilian friends, and officials fear he may have fled the country.

"We do not know where he is at this time," District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said. "We only have probable cause to believe he committed a crime."

Investigators have not been able to find Daniel's passport, which he renewed in December, claiming he needed it for "travel in late April 2007," the arrest warrant said.

Holman also said investigators have not entirely ruled out foul play in his disappearance. "I know there are many people in this community that are concerned, as are we, in determining the whereabouts of Mr. Daniel," he said.

Friends maintained his innocence.

"He just would not do this. It just does not fit," said Judy Rice, a former girlfriend.

Daniel's girlfriend of five months, Jennifer Rathbun, told investigators that Daniel had been in "extreme credit-card debt" and that Daniel was rejected for a loan because of his high debt and current tax liens, according to the affidavit.

Daniel's secretary, Sarah Bailey, told investigators she believed he moved money from client trust accounts illegally, sometimes using the money for office operating expenses and personal debts.

Daniel is accused of taking money he was supposed to be holding for real estate investors as they sold one piece of property in anticipation of buying another one.

One client - Eugene Gregory of Franktown - told investigators that Daniel could not come up with his $250,000 last year when he was ready to make a new purchase.

"Daniel told Gregory he had moved the money to a 90-day certificate of deposit without Gregory's permission," Greg Morrison, the assistant police chief, wrote in the affidavit. "Gregory checked with the bank and found the money was not on account there."

When Gregory confronted Daniel, the attorney confided he was $300,000 in debt and could repay the money only after additional investors provided him with money for other transactions.

Since Daniel disappeared, seven people have contacted authorities claiming Daniel has been holding more than a total of $500,000 in escrow money for them. Daniel's personal and business bank accounts have a balance of about $234,000, police said.

On the day he vanished, Daniel dropped Rathbun off at her home about 5:30 a.m. and gave her a key to his house. She said that was strange because he never locked his house. She also said he gave her his jogging suit and Sorel snow boots, saying he wouldn't need them for a while.

Staff writers Howard Pankratz and Mike McPhee contributed to this report.


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Royal ("Scoop") Daniel: embezzlement, disappearance, disbarment

"A lot of drama" Though lawyer had share of troubles, friends find
disappearance perplexing.

Source:The Denver Post (Denver, CO) (May 7, 2007): p. A-01. (969
words)

Byline: Steve Lipsher,, Denver Post Staff Writer

Breckenridge On the day he was born, Royal Daniel III made headlines
when the pressmen at the newspaper where his parents both worked
created a fake front page commemorating the occasion with the scoop.

Known as "Scoop" ever since, Daniel has become the subject of
headlines again, this time because of a deepening mystery surrounding
his disappearance 10 days ago.

As local, state and federal authorities continue to search for the 61-
year-old, friends paint a picture of a giving and gregarious man
devoted to his friends and his lifestyle. He has also had financial
difficulties and a history of relationship troubles.

"His life always seemed in chaos," said J.B. Katz, a former law
partner who moved with Daniel to Breckenridge from Washington, D.C.,
in 1994. "He's had a lot of drama."

But no one knows anyone who would want to harm Daniel, a free spirit
famous for making friends easily and always offering a helping hand.

"Scoop is the sort of person that would give willingly any way that he
could to anyone that he meets," said Cheryl Love, who ended a long-
term relationship with Daniel last year.

911 hang-up call on cell

Although he led a good life in Breckenridge, Daniel had a stormy
divorce and strained relationships with his kids.

In Breckenridge, Daniel has sung in the choir and served on committees
at Father Dyer United Methodist Church, volunteered as an ambassador
for the local chamber of commerce and was crowned Breckenridge's Mardi
Gras king in February.

"He's very professional in his business life, very spiritual in his
Christian life and very fun-loving, crazy, jovial, spirited in his personal life," Love said.

Daniel was captured on a surveillance camera entering his office
building with his golden retriever, Ben, at 5:35 a.m. April 27.

Investigators say he spent the next few hours performing routine work
tasks on the computer and his cellphone.

A radio disc jockey crossed paths with him in the hallway about 7:30
that morning, noting that Daniel seemed preoccupied. The Summit County
dispatch center received a 911 hang- up call from his cellphone at
7:48 a.m. That was the last anyone heard from him.

"I just can't believe that he just disappeared," said Steve Shockey,
one of Daniel's closest friends in town. "It's totally inconsistent."

But some friends have speculated that Daniel - versed in seven
languages - could have fled unspecified demons to South America,
abandoning his friends, his dog and his life.

"If he left willingly, I believe he left with a broken heart. I
honestly believe that, because he loves his children, he loves his
dog, and he loves his friends," Katz said.

Shockey said Daniel lived for social gatherings, whether it was
meeting every Wednesday at a local doughnut shop before skiing with
friends or hosting his own coffee klatches Thursday mornings in his
office.

Although Daniel led a charmed life in Breckenridge, it wasn't always
so.

After having an extramarital affair, he weathered a stormy divorce
from his wife, Joyce, and afterward had strained relationships with
their eight children.

Joyce Daniel did not respond to requests for comment, and his oldest
son, Justin, issued only a terse statement indicating the family
supported search efforts.

"If Scoop has a vice, it's women," Katz said.

In Breckenridge, though, he ran into another bugaboo: poor financial
management spurred in great part by his reluctance to charge his
clients.
"He did not open his law firm to make money. He has given away
probably as much of his work as he ever charged for," Love said.

At one point, Katz said, Daniel failed to make required tax deposits
to the Internal Revenue Service for the law firm, costing her a
"substantial amount" of money when she discovered the negligence and
took on the repayment herself because he couldn't afford it.

"'Good karma' law"

Daniel shied away from the cutthroat Washington, D.C., legal scene in
favor of helping immigrants get green cards.

A graduate of Yale University and the University of Virginia Law
School, Daniel quickly rose to partner in several Washington law firms
and later worked at the U.S. Treasury Department and taught
international trade law at U.Va.

Daniel left the Washington legal scene in part because he didn't like
the cutthroat nature of high-stakes litigation.

"He was not a fighter. He always did what he called 'good karma' law,"
Love said.
One of his passions in recent years has been helping immigrants.

Four years ago, Daniel first helped Oumar Niang and more than a dozen
other West Africans procure green cards. He quickly became the
attorney of choice for local immigrants.

"Anytime any of my friends had a problem, he would take care of it.
And there was never any charge at all," said Niang, who came to Summit
County from Mauritania.

Daniel never turned anyone away, even if they showed up without an
appointment or queued up with friends who did have appointments, Niang
said.

"I've never, ever seen someone who does that. He's given his heart and
soul to all of the community. What he'sdone for me and for my fellow
Africans, I can never repay him," said Niang, fighting tears. "I pray
to God to keep him safe. He's a very true friend."

Breckenridge police obtained 10 search warrants Wednesday and three
more Friday but would not disclose the locations. Three of the
searches were conducted out of state and the rest around Breckenridge.
Meanwhile, increasingly desperate friends have organized searches,
posted fliers and even consulted psychics.

"You feel helpless," Love said. "We've gone from feeling devastated
and shocked to fearful of what might have happened to him to now
feeling like we're mourning, and you don't know why you're mourning."

Date: Mon, 11 May 2009 07:48:43 -0700 (PDT)
Local: Mon, May 11 2009 9:48 am

Royal ("Scoop") Daniel: embezzlement, disappearance, disbarment

Court suspends license of missing Breckenridge lawyer.

(DENVER AND WEST).

Source:The Denver Post (Denver, CO) (May 27, 2007): pC-03. (558
words)

Byline: Howard Pankratz and Steve Lipsher, Denver Post Staff Writers
The Colorado Supreme Court on Friday suspended the law license of
Royal "Scoop" Daniel for alleged misuse of client's funds.

Daniel disappeared April 27 from his Breckenridge office, and police
believe he played a shell game with money he was supposed to hold in
escrow.

Breckenridge officials have said that Daniel, 61, had been in serious
debt for some time and may have been planning an international escape
for months.

The court's action followed a recommendation from Judge William
Lucero, the presiding disciplinary judge of the Supreme Court, that
said there is reasonable cause to believe Daniel converted the funds
of his clients. The suspension is indefinite pending disciplinary
proceedings.

Search-warrant affidavits unsealed Friday indicate that since Daniel
disappeared, at least seven clients reported that he had been holding
their real-estate transfer money, totaling more than $1 million.

Breckenridge police obtained 23 search warrants for Daniel's house,
business, SUV, storage units and computers, his cellphone company,
banks and credit-card companies. They are seeking credit reports,
credit-card and bank statements and other financial documents to build
a picture of his finances.

Daniel has been the subject of a large-scale search effort since co-
workers reported him missing. An arrest warrant was issued May 8 for
the lawyer, but he remains at large.

In the petition for immediate suspension, Lucero told the justices
that an investigation revealed Daniel took $80,303 from the proceeds
of the sale of a condominium that had belonged to Wendy and Stacy
Beaty without their permission.

The Beatys had contacted Daniel in late March 2007 to determine
whether he would act as a intermediary in their potential 1031
exchange on the sale of their condominium.

According to Lucero, Daniel, without telling the Beatys, sent a letter
to Jennifer Farrell of Land America, the title company that held the
Beatys' proceeds. He told Farrell he had a signed agreement with the
Beatys to receive funds on their behalf. Farrell sent Daniel the money
based on his representation.

Lucero said the Beatys had signed no such agreement.

In addition, Lucero said, an investigation revealed that although
Daniel should have been holding at least $561,571 of his clients'
money in trust, a review of his bank accounts showed they contained
only $233,791.

Lucero said a police investigation also established other conduct by
Daniel involving misuse of client funds.

He said a previous client, Gene Gregory of Franktown, reported to the
Colorado Bureau of Investigation that Daniel had helped him in a 1031
real-estate exchange.

In that exchange, Daniel held $250,000 in trust as part of the
transaction. When Gregory was ready for the money, Daniel said he
could not produce the money and "gave him the runaround."

Gregory said that Daniel eventually told him that he had used the
money to repay other people's 1031 monies that he had used.

Additionally, a friend, Dick Yankowski, told police he had given
Daniel a $200,000 loan in 2003 on the promise that Daniel would turn
over the deed to his home as collateral.

Daniel continued to make payments through March, Yankowski reported,
but he now is out $192,068, since the deed of trust never was filed on
the property.

And Daniel's girlfriend, Jennifer Rathbun, indicated Daniel had made
several ``questionable" online transfers from the bank where she
worked as his account manager.
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