The Mystery of Jarvis Sayler What one man stole from his own brother
Chris Sayler is under arrest for a criminal complaint of identity theft. Sayler, 72, is from Olalla, Washington and it appears that he stole his brother’s identity. In addition, there is suspicion about what happened to Jarvis Sayler, Chris’s brother, who disappeared in 1998 while on a trip to visit Chris in Vancouver.
Jarvis Sayler was partially blind and received Social Security disability benefits. For at least 20 years, Chris has stolen his brothers identity and has collected over $400,000 of his brothers disability funds. Information also shows that money was withdrawn from Jarvis’s account to make purchases at stores such as Costco and Fred Meyer.
It was 1998 when Jarvis Sayler left his home in Missouri and traveled to Vancouver to visit Chris. He planned to return home, but never did and he supposedly disappeared. Chris told officials that Jarvis left after the two of them had an argument. Jon Shields, a Clark County Detective that reported to Kitsap Sun, said that “He just didn’t come home one day.”
“Chris was the last one … that we know had seen Jarvis alive,” said Shields. He explained that Chris is currently not a suspect in his disappearance, but officials could search for more evidence in Clark County if more information indicates Chris might be guilty.
Fast forwarding to 2013, someone claiming to be Jarvis was blocked when trying to renew his Washington State Identification Card. With further investigation using face recognition technology, officials discovered that Chris was the person at fault.
Chris said that he and Jarvis were twins and that was the reason for the face recognition problem, even though it was discovered that Chris and Jarvis were born four years apart and Chris was adopted as an infant and was not even related by blood to Jarvis.
Chris is being kept in custody at the Federal Detention Center in Seatac. He was charged with access fraud, a felony that can result in up to ten years in prison, as well as identity theft, which can result in a two year prison sentence. Many would ask why somebody would steal their own brother’s identity, but the bigger question is what happened to Jarvis in 1998.