Daniel Gerard Chervenka Jr.

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Above Images: Chervenka, circa 1999


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 28, 1999 from Phoenix, Arizona
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: July 13, 1970
  • Age: 28 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Chervenka has scars on both of his knees. His nicknames are Dan and Danny.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A horizontally striped navy blue and medium-gray shirt, light blue denim shorts, and Nike sneakers.
  • Medical Conditions: Chervenka has bipolar disorder and requires medication to regulate his condition.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Chervenka was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1997. He stopped taking his medication during 1998 and his condition began to worsen as a result. Chervenka's family attempted to have him admitted into a hospital for treatment in May 1999 after a manic episode, but he refused their assistance.

    Chervenka phoned his sister during the evening hours of May 28, 1999 from his home in Phoenix, Arizona. He apparently threatened members of his family during the conversation. Chervenka's sister contacted the authorities after terminating the call, but law enforcement could not become involved as Chervenka did not make a specific threat against anyone. Chervenka apparently made several more phone calls, then departed from his residence that night. He has never been heard from again.

    Authorities searched Chervenka's apartment 11 days after his disappearance. An open notebook was on the table, along with a glass of soda and a Bible. There was no sign of Chervenka. A message was on his answering machine from a man who found Chervenka's wallet on a road leading into the Four Peaks Wilderness area, an hour north of Phoenix. The man located the wallet on May 29, the day after Chervenka vanished. Authorities began searching the Four Peaks area and discovered Chervenka's vehicle abandoned on Cline trailhead. No other evidence regarding Chervenka's whereabouts was located. He left his young daughter behind.

    It's unclear why Chervenka chose to go to the Four Peaks area; he has done day hiking in places around Phoenix the Camelback Mountain and Squaw Peak areas, but has not been to the Four Peaks since he was a child.

    Chervenka was studying astrophysics and philosophy at the time of his disappearance. He is a United States Navy veteran and a skilled pencil portrait artist, and he plays classical guitar. Chervenka has taken karate lessons. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The National Center for Missing Adults
    Child Protection Education Of America
    Treatment Advocacy Center
    Rino Kids Online
    The Fountain Hills Times


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 20, 2011; picture added.

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