Jonathan Lewis Ginsburg

Above: Ginsburg, circa 1987


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 7, 1987 from Albany, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: May 10, 1955
  • Age: 32 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Ginsburg has a scar on his forehead. He has facial pockmarks. Ginsburg's nickname is Jon (may be spelled "John"). He may wear two hearing aids.
  • Medical Conditions: Ginsburg has mild cerebral palsy. He's been diagnosed with an unspecified behavior disorder and may be suicidal. He is also deaf and has trouble understanding language. He communicates with a combination of sign language and speaking.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ginsburg was last seen at his home in Albany, California on October 7, 1987. He has never been heard from again.

    Ginsburg was born in Visalia, California. He spent most of his life going to facilities for the hearing-impaired in Los Angeles, California and St. Louis, Missouri. His hometown's Creative Center, where he took drama classes, offers instructional art classes for developmentally disabled adults. The students' showcase was named The Jon Ginsburg Gallery in honor of his contributions. The center is located in the 600 block of north Bridge Avenue in Visalia.

    Ginsburg studied forestry at Kings River Community College and wanted to join the Department of Forestry to fight fires, but his disabilities prevented him from doing so. He took a job at an eye care product laboratory in Oakland, California instead. His hobbies include drawing, reading, running and chess.

    At the time of his disappearance, Ginsburg was depressed over a failed relationship. Investigators believe he may have committed suicide, but his disappearance remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Fresno Bee
    The Doe Network


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated September 29, 2008; medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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