Robert Albert Ahtonen

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Left: Ahtonen at age 17
(circa 1967, about 13 years before his disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable);
Center: Sketch of Ahtonen as he appeared at the time of his 1980 disappearance;
Right: Age-progression to age 53 (circa 2002)


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 21, 1980 from Newberry, Michigan
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 14, 1949
  • Age: 30 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8 - 5'11, 135 - 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Sandy brown hair, blue eyes. Ahtonen's teeth are severely crooked and overcrowded, and he has a double set of eyeteeth which protrude outwards. His left hand has previously been fractured and he has scars on both pinky fingers.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gold-tone watch.
  • Medical Conditions: Ahtonen has been diagnosed with epilepsy, an organic brain disease, and mild chronic undifferentiated schizophrenia. He is also mentally disabled.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ahtonen was a patient at Newberry Regional Mental Facility in 1980. His aunt was going to pick him up for a home visit on January 21, but was delayed by a snowstorm. When the storm subsided and she arrived at the facility, she discovered that Ahtonen had walked off the grounds during the blizzard and not returned. He has never been heard from again. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Marquette County Sheriff's Office


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    Michigan Does


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 18, 2011; alternate height and weight and clothing/jewelry description added, distinguishing characteristics updated.

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