John Allen Akkerman

Above: Akkerman, circa 1987


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 7, 1987 from Spokane, Washington
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 19, 1960
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 160 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Akkerman has a birthmark on his penis and a tattoo on his right forearm.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A tan western-style shirt, faded blue jeans and black sneakers with velcro fastenings.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Akkerman was last seen in Spokane, Washington on August 7, 1987. He worked as a cabdriver for the Checker Cab Co.. He picked up a male customer at Fifth and Wall, near Deaconess Medical Center, at 12:20 a.m. Akkerman told his dispatcher he was taking the man to the Spokane Valley. He has never been heard from again. Two hours later, another cab driver found Akkerman's cab at Fifth and Madison, just four blocks from where he'd picked up his last fare. The vehicle was unlocked, the windows were rolled down and the knife Akkerman carried for protection was next to the driver's seat.

    Akkerman was a good employee and neither his employer nor his wife believe he left of his own accord. The fare he picked up the night of his disappearance was never identified. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Fullerton Police Department


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Idaho Spokesman-Review
    Washington State Missing Persons


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 10, 2010; distinguishing characteristics updated.

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