Young Hwan Chang

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Above: Chang, circa 2004

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 6, 2004 from Chandler, North Carolina
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: February 15, 1936
  • Age: 68 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian male. Gray hair, brown eyes. Chang is a native of Korea. He speaks little English.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gold nugget-patterned Seiko watch on his left wrist and possibly white pants, a white short-sleeved polo shirt, a blue denim pullover shirt or sweatshirt, and house slippers or loafers.
  • Medical Conditions: Chang has Alzheimer's Disease.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Chang became a resident of the Mount Pisgah Family Care Home in Chandler, North Carolina on November 3, 2004, having just moved to the area from his family's home in Atlanta, Georgia. He left the facility on November 6 and last seen at approximately 4:00 p.m. that day when he walked into Pisgah Valley Market, looked around, and walked out. He appeared disoriented at the time. He has never been heard from again, but dogs tracked his scent to a nearby mobile home park.

    Authorities believe someone may have given Chang a ride out of the area. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Buncombe County Sheriff's Department
    828-255-5555

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    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    Outpost for Hope
    The Asheville Citizen-Times

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 6, 2005; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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