Jacob Cabinaw

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Above Images: Cabinaw, circa 2010


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 31, 2010 from Traverse City, Michigan
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date of Birth: October 6, 1978
  • Age: 31 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10 - 6'2, 160 - 175 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Native American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Cabinaw's nickname is Jake. He is of Ottawa and Chippewa Indian descent.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: His work uniform, consisting of dark blue or gray work pants, a white or orange t-shirt, a gray jacket with "Dave's Garage" printed on it, and brown work boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Cabinaw disappeared from Traverse City, Michigan at 7:30 p.m. on March 31, 2010. He dropped a friend off downtown after they played frisbee golf. He was driving his silver 2002 Chevrolet Malibu with the Michigan license plate number BKQ 4107; it has minor damage on the front passenger side panel. Cabinaw apparently never returned to his home in Grawn, Michigan. At 1:00 a.m. on April 1, he called an automated system to confirm he was still taking community college classes. Shortly after that, he used his bank card used to buy gas in Mattawan, Michigan. On April 2, he bought gas with his bank card in Sweetwater, Texas and his image was captured on a security camera. Sweetwater is over 1,000 miles from Cabinaw's home. There's been no trace of him since and his car is also missing. A photo of the car is posted below this case summary.

    Cabinaw's brother is stationed at Fort Hood in Texas, but that is his only known connection to the state. He had insufficient funds in his bank account to pay for his gas purchases, but the transactions went through because he has overdraft coverage. He hasn't used his cellular phone since he went missing, and he left his phone charger at home.

    Cabinaw was a technical science student at Northwestern Michigan College at the time of his disappearance, and a member of the National Guard. His family stated he doesn't use drugs and it's uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning. Although police believe he left of his own accord, his family is afraid for his safety. Cabinaw is the seventh of ten children in his family, and he has two sons by his ex-wife. His case remains unsolved.

    Above: Cabinaw's car


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


    Source Information
    Facebook Page for Jacob Cabinaw
    The Chicago Tribune
    WMKT 92.1 FM
    Interlochen Public Radio
    The Traverse City Record-Eagle
    The Chicago Tribune
    Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 22, 2011; casefile added.

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