Robert Lyons vanished while riding his ATV on the Menominee Reservation in Wisconsin. Nearly five years later, he is still missing with little to no leads in his case. What happened to Robert and others in his community?
Robert Lyons was 25 years old when he went missing. A proud member of the Menominee Tribe in Wisconsin, Robert had multiple tattoos dedicated to his tribal pride, including “Menominee” on his back shoulder to shoulder, an eagle on the back of his neck, and “Native Pride” on one of his calves, a bear on his left forearm, and “Lyons” with a feather on his right forearm. Robert grew up in Keshena, on the Menominee Indian Reservation, in northeastern Wisconsin. It is here that Robert disappeared, leaving his family with many unanswered questions.
The day Robert went missing
On Sunday, June 4, 2017, Robert was last seen leaving his home in the afternoon wearing shoes, red and white shorts but no shirt and riding a red and white ATV. He left his cell phone behind. A short time later, Robert was seen by a Tribal Police officer riding his ATV near Long Marsh Road near the Menominee Indian Reservation. Since Robert left his phone behind, his family expected him to return later that day.
Unfortunately, Robert never returned home and three days later, his family reported him missing to Menominee Tribal Police. Two days later on June 9, 2017, Robert’s red and white ATV was discovered abandoned, by Maynard’s Road near the intersection of Long Marsh Lake and Rush’s Lake Road. Police conducted multiple searches and followed any leads that came in but they were unable to rule out foul play.
Where the case stands today
Robert’s case remains unsolved but his family and community are actively seeking justice.
“It’s been three years, one month and two weeks. He was a really good family man. It’s been really hard.” said Doreeen Nahwahquaw, Robert’s mother in an interview in July of 2020.
The Menominee Tribal police posted a $5,000 reward for information. If you do have any information regarding Robert’s case please contact the Menominee Tribal Police Department at (715) 799-3321.