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Missing Bridgewater Man Arrested, Released In New York

A Bedminster man missing since June was arrested on Sunday in New York and then released on Sunday.

Roger Temple
Roger Temple (NJ State Police)

Roger Temple, 44, was arrested for shoplilfting a bag of peanuts from a store in 34th precinct in Manhattan north of 179th Street and then released.

“He got picked up, fingerprinted and processed for this minor shoplifting charge,  Bedminster Police Chief Patrick Ussery told the Star Ledger. “Unfortunately, at the time of processing they didn’t run him through NCIC or didn’t get a result which would have given us immediate notification.”

Temple, age 44, was last seen on June 19 at his Bedminster home. He traveled the next day on public transportation to Hudson County and hasn’t been seen since. Police  were able to trace his cell phone to Fort Lee in Bergen County before the phone’s signal went dead. This was the first indication that Temple is still alive.

The President on LostnMissing Inc, a group assisting in the search for Temple, believes that he may be suffering from a medical condition that could have resulted in some memory loss. Cynthia Caron wrote on the Missing Roger Temple Facebook page that “knowing Roger’s history, personality, education and excellent work ethics…it leads me to believe that Roger is exhibiting any of the above conditions and regardless of which it may be…can be treated through a medical visit and Roger can be back to good health and live life as the good person he is…but he needs to be located first.”

She writes that there is a possibility he may have been photographed at his booking which would give an indication of his overall health.

Friends and relatives are offering a $2,000 reward according to the Facebook page has also been set up to help locate Temple ans assure him he is “loved and missed.”

Temple is described as 5’7, 175 pounds with brown and gray hair and hazel eyes and He speaks with a British accent. He is an avid day hiker and carries a back pack.

Anyone with information about Temple should contact Bedminster Police at (908)234-0585 or the New Jersey State Police Missing Persons Unit at (800)709-7090.

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