Couple charged in Vegas cab driver’s disappearance
Christopher and Georgene Ross (Courtesy: LVMPD)
Christopher Ross (Courtesy: LVMPD)
Georgene Ross (Courtesy: LVMPD)
Keith Goldberg was last seen Jan. 31
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A former girlfriend and her husband have been charged in connection with the disappearance and alleged slaying of a Las Vegas cab driver.
The victim, 54-year-old Keith Goldberg, hasn't been since seen Jan. 31. Although he is presumed dead, Metro police have not found Goldberg's body.
In the weeks following the disappearance, Goldberg's family launched a massive social media campaign to uncover clues, and they reported to FOX5 on Monday night that two arrests had been made in the case.
According to an arrest report, Goldberg had a relationship with 56-year-old Georgene "Cookie" Ross, who was, until recently, estranged from her husband, 52-year-old Christopher Ross.
The relationship soured toward the end of last year, police said, and officers were called to the couple's apartment multiple times in December and January.
Goldberg claimed in one call that Christopher Ross attacked and threatened him, saying, "If you talk to me I will punch you," according to the report.
The two also fought on the last day Goldberg was seen alive, police said, at the apartment on Green Valley Parkway near La Mesa Drive.
"I felt from day one that they were involved," said Goldberg's brother, Jeffrey, in a phone interview with FOX5.
A neighbor who called 911 to report the fight said he saw a man slamming Georgene Ross against a wall, but officers responding to the call said there was no answer at the apartment.
According to the report, Georgene Ross later admitted to her friend, Gloria Langguth, that she didn't answer the door because, "Chris was on Keith."
Georgene added that at one point, "Christopher punched Goldberg, kicking him to the ground, and then she kicked him in the head," police said.
After the fight, Georgene Ross claimed Goldberg asked her to call his employer, Lucky Cab, and let them know he was sick for his Feb. 1 shift, according to police.
Christopher Ross also called in sick to his job at the Fiesta Hotel, police said, and the next morning his cell phone was traced to a desert area between Sunrise Mountain and Lake Mead.
At first Ross didn't mention driving out into the desert, police said, but later changed his story, saying he "was up in the desert clearing his head."
Goldberg's car was found abandoned on Feb. 10, and police noted it had, "scratches on the sides which appeared to be consistent with being driven into the desert."
Traces of blood were also found on the bumper of the car and in the apartment where Ross and Goldberg fought, police said.
"I just want to make sure there's justice for my brother - that at this point, for whatever he went through that hopefully he didn't suffer too much," Jeffrey Goldberg said.
According to the report, Georgene and Christopher Ross both denied seeing Goldberg after the fight.
The couple was arrested separately on Monday afternoon and booked on charges of murder and conspiracy.
Lt. Ray Steiber with Metro's Homicide division told reporters in a news conference Tuesday that the investigation continues.
"We are still working this investigation very diligently to try to locate his remains," said Lt. Steiber.
In the report, a detective said he asked Christopher Ross where Goldberg's body was, to which Ross replied, "You told me I have the right to remain silent."
"I just don't want them to ever live a day as a free person again," said Goldberg's sister, Jodi.
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