Donald Carter

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Above Images: Carter, circa 2010


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 28, 2010 from Santa Monica, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 3, 1933
  • Age: 77 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, brown eyes. Carter was in good physical shape at the time of his disappearance. He may use the last name Hyde.
  • Medical Conditions: Carter may be suffering from mental illness or dementia.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Carter was last seen in Santa Monica, California on June 28, 2010. After dropping his wife off at the YMCA, he went home and wrote her a note saying he was going hiking and would be back later that day. She called the police after he didn't come home. Carter disappeared hiking near Castaic Lake. On July 2, his 1979 Honda Civic was found parked on a fire road near Lake Hughes Road in Warm Springs. He had gotten lost once before, in 2007, while hiking in Malibu, California. An extensive search of the Castaic Lake area turned up no sign of him.

    Carter's wife believes he was suffering from mental illness or Alzheimer's Disease at the time of his disappearance. His mother had been institutionalized for mental illness much of her life, and Carter's wife said his behavior changed markedly before he went missing. He spent a lot of time alone, became very distant from his wife and was often verbally abusive to her. She believes he is deceased, in part because he hasn't used any of their credit cards since he vanished.

    Carter was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. His father died when he was a toddler and his mother was unable to care for him, so he grew up in an orphanage. He never finished high school and worked as a mechanic, glass-blower and machinist for much of his life. He was a committed Communist and enjoyed writing fiction. His wife stated he collected many things, including rocks he picked up during his frequent hikes. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Santa Monica Daily Press
    The Canyon News


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 29, 2011; casefile added.

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