Janice L. Beck

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Above Images: Beck, circa 1999
(two years prior to her disappearance)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 12, 2001 from Tacoma, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: May 18, 1949
  • Age: 52 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8 - 5'9, 240 - 270 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Gray/white hair, blue eyes. Beck is supposed to wear eyeglasses but did not have them with her at the time of her disappearance. Her nickname is Jan.
  • Medical Conditions: Beck has knee and vision problems and also suffers from diabetes, arthritis and bipolar disorder.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Beck was a patient at Western State Mental Hospital in Lakewood, Washington, a suburb of Tacoma, when she vanished on September 12, 2001. She has never been heard from again. Authorities believe she would be unable to walk far on her own, as her health was poor at the time she disappeared.

    The hospital did not notify Beck's family she was missing until five weeks after she was last seen. Someone not known to her family later told the Social Security Administration at the Beck had died, and listed her date of death of February 22, 2002, but investigators have been unable to locate a death certificate so Beck continues to be listed as missing. Her disappearance remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Pierce County Sheriff's Office
    253-798-4200

    OR
    253-798-7516

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    Source Information
    North American Missing Persons Network
    Washington State Missing Persons Search

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 2, 2010; alternate height added.

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