James Earl Dean

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Above: Dean, circa 1996

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 1, 1996 from Lakewood, Colorado
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 20, 1944
  • Age: 52 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1, 210 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Dean has a scar on his shoulder and a scar on his abdomen.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Dean was last seen in Lakewood, Colorado on December 1, 1996. He left his home in the 7000 block of West Iowa Avenue, driving his 1983 Ford Ranger pickup truck, en route to Red Rocks National Monument in Utah. He planned to camp and ski there. It's unknown whether he ever arrived there. Dean has never been heard from again. His family reported him missing on January 7, 1997. His vehicle was found in San Bernardino, California on February 27, 1999, over two years after his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lakewood Police Department
    303-987-7474

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    Source Information
    Colorado Bureau of Investigation
    Lakewood Police Department

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 19, 2016; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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