James Matthew Begley
Begley, approximately 2017
Date reported missing : 08/06/2017
Missing location (approx) :
Fort Bragg, California
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 06/19/1953 (68)
Age at the time of disappearance: 64 years old
Height / Weight : 6'1, 200 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A tan Carhartt jacket, a baseball cap and possibly a copper cuff-type bEthnicity : let.
Medical conditions : Begley may be suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, blue eyes. Begley is missing the tip of his thumb, and some of his front teeth are missing. He has a faded tattoo of a sun on the back of his shoulder. He may wear eyeglasses for reading.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Begley was last seen in Fort Bragg, California on August 6, 2017. He went kayaking sometime between midnight and 2:00 a.m.; he told someone he was going out on the water because he could not sleep. He has never been heard from again. At 2:50 p.m., the Coast Guard found his kayak empty and adrift on the ocean.
Begley is presumed lost at sea. His body has never been found.
Other information and links : ncy
Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
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