Michael E. Azzaro

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Above: Michael, circa 1993

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 13, 1993 from Northridge, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 23, 1976
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'6, 175 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Michael may wear eyeglasses.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Michael was last seen in Northridge, California at noon on February 13, 1993, just before he drove to south Los Angeles, California with an older acquaintance, Evans York, also known as Hilberto Casildo. Michael was going to buy a .45 pistol. He was a tenth-grade student at Granada Hills High School and wasn't involved in a gang or criminal activity, and it's unclear why he wanted to buy a gun. Michael has never been heard from again. He left behind all his belongings, including his video games and his favorite coat. His parents repeatedly tried to contact him on his car phone and his pager but got no response, which is uncharacteristic of him; he usually kept in close touch with his family.

    Two days after his disappearance, Michael's red 1992 Isuzu Rodeo with California license plates was found abandoned on Imperial Highway in the area of Lennox, California. York turned himself in to the authorities that same day, saying he and Michael had been kidnapped and held in Van Nuys, California, and he escaped but Michael did not. Several months later, an envelope addressed to Michael was mailed to his home. It contained his driver's license, but no note.

    York was arrested on an unrelated weapons charge shortly after Michael's disappearance. In early March, while he was still in custody, he was charged with Michael's murder. Authorities believe he shot Michael to death in order to steal his car. York's defense suggested Michael was still alive and had simply run away from home and disappeared. He was acquitted of the murder charge in September 1994. The jury stated afterwards they believed York could have killed Michael but they didn't think there was sufficient evidence to prove it.

    Michael's body has never been located, but foul play is suspected in his case due to the circumstances involved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles Police Department
    818-832-0633

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    Source Information
    The Los Angeles Times
    NamUs
    The Los Angeles Daily News

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 27, 2015; casefile added.

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