Jacob Bernard Furrer

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Above Images: Furrer, circa 2016

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 30, 2016 from Calexico, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 6, 1988
  • Age: 27 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'3, 260 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Furrer's nickname is Jake. He has a tattoo on his left bicep of the Chinese symbol for "dragon" and a two-inch surgical scar on his knee. Furrer shaves his head and he may have a dark brown beard. He smokes a pipe. His shoe size is 12 or 13 but he was wearing size 10 boots at the time of his disappearance, and may limp as a result.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light plaid shirt or a dark-colored t-shirt, jeans, a camouflage-print baseball cap and size 10 ankle boots with waffle stomper soles, which were too small for his feet. Carrying an olive-green knapsack, a pipe, tobacco, a cigarette lighter, a canteen of water and possibly cigarettes.
  • Medical Conditions: Furrer was apparently depressed, anxious and possibly suicidal at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Furrer was last seen at a Denny's restaurant in Calexico, California on April 30, 2016. He had been there with his mother. Surveillance footage at the establishment showed him using the restroom after his mother left, and then leaving. At 6:43 a.m. the next day, he sent his mother a text for her birthday. He has never been heard from again.

    Prior to his disappearance, Furrer had worked as a combat engineer with the an Army National Guard out of El Centro, California. He worked at The Gun Shop and Border Tactical, both in El Centro, and also was a truck driver at a mine. After a close friend died in September 2015, Furrer became depressed and anxious, and by the end of the year he'd quit all his jobs. He also gave away most of his possessions.

    As Calexico is on the Mexican border, it's possible Furrer crossed into Mexico after his disappearance. It's also possible he went to Yuma, Arizona. Since his disappearance he hasn't used his Facebook account and his phone has been turned off. His case remains unsolved. El Centro police are investigating.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    El Centro Police Department
    760-352-2111

    OR
    760-337-4865

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    NamUs
    Missing Veterans
    Missing Warrior Alert, American Warrior Alliance

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 30, 2017; casefile added.

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