Michael Joseph Miranda

Miranda, circa 1992

  • Missing Since 07/13/1992
  • Missing From Porterville, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth 04/18/1974 (44)
  • Age 18 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'11, 190 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A red t-shirt, gray shorts and tan or brown work boots.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics Hispanic male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Miranda has a small mole on his lower back just above his waist.

Details of Disappearance

Miranda was last seen in Porterville, California on the morning of July 13, 1992. He went out hiking by himself and never came back. Miranda had taken no supplies with him, as he only planned to be gone for a few hours. He was not reported missing for three days.

Searchers later found Miranda's 1984 Mazda pickup truck abandoned along Highway 190, near Angel Falls, California and east of Springville, California. There was no sign of him at the scene.

Investigators believe Miranda may have been killed over a drug deal, and buried in the desert near Barstow, California. The prime suspect in his death, who was also a person of interest in a Missouri murder, is now deceased and was never charged in Miranda's case. His disappearance remains unsolved.

Investigating Agency

  • Porterville Police Department 559-782-7426

Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004. Last updated February 4, 2019; clothing/jewelry description added, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.