John F. Ward
Ward, approximately 1994
Date reported missing : 08/30/1994
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 06/15/1926 (95)
Age at the time of disappearance: 68 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 210 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : An aqua-colored sweatshirt, khaki shorts, maroon socks, hiking boots and a Medic Alert bEthnicity : let.
Medical conditions : Ward was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease five years prior to his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. White hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Ward was last seen in Chatsworth, California on August 30, 1994. He left his home intent on walking to a sporting goods store a few miles away and has never been heard from again
It is believed that Ward got lost trying to return home. He is described as an avid hiker who can walk up to 25 miles in a single day. He had disappeared once before and authorities found him twenty miles from home.
A few days after Ward's disappearance, there was a possible sighting of him in Brown's Canyon, where he often hiked. He may have been sighted outside a natural foods store in Canoga Park, California on September 25; the witness knew Ward but didn't realize he was listed as a missing person. An extensive search turned up no signs of him and his case is unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Los Angeles Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Doe Network
The Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2004. July 13, 2017; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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