Details of Disappearance Carlstrom was in Helendale, California on August 9, 1986. He resided in Colton, California, but at the time of his disappearance he was staying with a friend at Silver Lakes near Helendale. He left his friend's home en route for Las Vegas, Nevada on the morning of August 9. There was a possible sighting of him at the Saddle West Casino in Pahrump that evening. He has never been heard from again.
On September 14, more than a month after his disappearance, Carlstrom's maroon and white 1978 Ford F-150 pickup truck was found abandoned in a remote desert area twenty miles north of Pahrump.
A photo of the vehicle is posted with this case summary. It appeared as if it had been at the location only a short time and several of Carlstrom's personal items were undisturbed inside it. There was no sign of him at the scene.
Carlstrom was a principal in a multimillion-dollar personal injury lawsuit with a major corporation at the time of his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.
- California Department of Justice
- Sacramento Office
Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated January 30, 2010; three pictures and clothing/jewelry description added, details of disappearance updated.