Joel Anthony Ariza

Above: Ariza, circa 2009


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 30, 2009 from Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 14, 1985
  • Age: 24 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 192 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ariza was last seen in Chester, Pennsylvania on October 30, 2009. He and a new friend launched Ariza's new boat into the Delaware River under the Commodore Barry Bridge at approximately 2:00 a.m. About five minutes later, the engine stalled and the boat capsized. Ariza's friend jumped off to swim to shore, and Ariza stayed with the boat. He wasn't wearing a life jacket.

    Several hours later, Ariza's boat was found submerged about seven miles downriver at Delaware Fox Point State Park in Wilmington, Delaware. There was no sign of Ariza and an extensive search turned up no sign of him. He is presumed to have drowned.


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


    Source Information
    The Delaware County Daily Times
    Joel Ariza (1985 - 2009)


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 1, 2011; casefile added.

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