Vernon Ralph Erno

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Above Images: Erno, circa 2003


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 28, 2003 from San Luis Obispo, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 2, 1921
  • Age: 82 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes. Erno wears eyeglasses with silver wire frames.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A hunter-green fleece pullover shirt or jacket, olive green khakis, tan Merrell slip-on shoes, a light green beret-style hat with a brim, and a gold ring with large, chipped blue stone.
  • Medical Conditions: Erno suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. He is a dependent adult.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Erno's son was driving him to the Laguna Lake golf course in San Luis Obispo, California, on December 28, 2003, when Erno became upset and demanded to be let out of the car. He was let out at a shopping center and ran away from there, and his son called the police. An extensive search of San Luis Obispo failed to turn up any trace of Erno, however. Erno was carrying an identification card and a credit card with him when he vanished; the credit card has not been used. He has never been heard from again. He is often confused and paranoid because of his Alzheimer's Disease, but also has periods of lucidity. He is believed to have wandered away and gotten lost.

    Erno is familiar with the Laguna Lake area of San Luis Obispo, having lived there with his son previously. He has also lived in Arroyo Grande, California, and resided in Auburn, Washington at the time of his disappearance; he was visiting his son in San Luis Obispo when he went missing. Erno's case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The San Luis Obispo Tribune
    The Times Press Recorder


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 13, 2005.

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