Jason Jesse Erthal

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Above Images: Erthal, circa 2006

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 11, 2006 from Oroville, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 18, 1973
  • Age: 33 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Erthal has burn scars on both arms. He wore a goatee at the time of his 2006 disappearance, and kept his hair in a short, military-style cut. Erthal has the following tattoos: a tribal band on his right bicep, an eagle on his left shoulder and a two-inch spitfire smiley face logo elsewhere on his body. His nickname is Jay.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Erthal was last seen in the 20 block of Sumi Court in Oroville, California on October 11, 2006. He has never been heard from again. At the time of his disappearance, he living part-time with friends, and part-time with a roommate in a trailer park on Olive Highway not far from the Gold Country Casino. Erthal and his roommate got into a physical fight the day he disappearance. He walked away from the fight and never returned. He left his wallet and identification behind at the trailer park. About two weeks after Erthal disappeared, his roommate died of an overdose. Erthal's family reported him missing on November 8.

    Erthal's mother believes her son is probably deceased and that his body is somewhere in the local area. Two days before his disappearance, he called a distant relative and said he was having problems with a person he knew named John Ramos. No suspects have been named in his disappearance. Since Erthal went missing, there have been hits with his name and date of birth on the national firearms clearance system, indicating that he or someone using his identity has been trying to buy guns.

    Erthal served four years with the Marine Corps. He was unemployed at the time of his disappearance and did not have any money, and he was apparently involved with drugs. He did not have a vehicle and usually walked or used buses to get to where he wanted to go. Erthal led a transient lifestyle in 2006 and frequented the Orovile Rescue Mission and the Chico Mission. He kept in regular contact with his family, but they haven't heard from him when he went missing. He left behind all his personal belongings, except perhaps his Marine Corps duffel bag. His case remains unsolved and foul play is suspected.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Butte County Sheriff's Office
    530-538-7671

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    North American Missing Persons Network
    KHSL-TV 12
    The Oroville Mercury Register
    Lake County, Minnesota
    The Chico Enterprise-Record
    Butte County Sheriff's Office

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    Updated 5 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 12, 2013; picture added, details of disappearance updated.

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