John Calvin Pensyl

Above Images: Pensyl, circa 2012

  • Missing Since 05/17/2012
  • Missing From Wilmington, North Carolina
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Height and Weight 5'8 - 5'10, 150 - 170 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, khaki shorts, size 9 black and white sneakers and a black backpack.
  • Medical Conditions Pensyl suffers from schizophrenia and needs to take daily medication to control his condition. His medicine causes his speech to be slow and slurred.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Pensyl had a beard at the time of his disappearance. His nickname is Johnny.

Details of Disappearance

Pensyl was last seen when his father dropped him off at Monkey Junction near the Lowe's home improvement store in Wilmington, North Carolina on May 17, 2012. His father would often drop him off at Wave Transit bus stops so he could ride the bus for a few hours and visit video game stores. He has never been heard from again. He had only a small amount of money and no credit cards on him when he disappeared.

Pensyl has a history of leaving the area for a few days at a time and winding up in police custody because of his strange behavior, but he's never been gone for this long. He attended Cape Fear Community College for a year after his graduation from Ashley High School, but dropped out of college after his schizophrenia diagnosis. His case remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Wilmington Police Department 910-343-3686

Source Information

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated November 2, 2017; casefile added.