Joseph Laurence Halpern

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Above Images: Halpern, circa 1933

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 15, 1933 from Aspen, Colorado
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 11, 1910
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'8, 165 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Halpern's right eye is crossed and he has a slight scar above it. His nickname is Teacher and he may use the alias name Louis Hollenbuck. Halpern is fluent in French and German. He is a non-smoker.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light blue shirt or a white shirt with blue stripes, light brown pants and heavy shoes or mukluks. He usually doesn't wear a hat.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Halpern was last seen hiking near Taylor Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park on August 15, 1933. He had gone camping in the region with a friend. He began hiking up Taylor Peak alone, carrying an Army knapsack. He has never been heard from again. Halpern's friend notified authorities when he failed to return from his hike. In the days that followed, a snowstorm hit the area. An extensive search of the mountains turned up no sign of him.

    Following Halpern's disappearance, there were unconfirmed sightings of him all over the country: in Phoenix, Arizona in December 1933; traveling with the Civilian Conservation Corps near Alliance, Nebraska in May of 1935; and traveling with the Lewis Brothers Circus in Detroit, Michigan in the summer of 1935. None of these reports were ever substantiated.

    Halpern was a graduate student at the University of Chicago at the time of his disappearance, and had a summer job at an observatory in Wisconsin. He's talented in mathematics, chemistry, astronomy and chess. Authorities are no longer actively investigating Halpern's case due to the passage of time, but they have taken DNA from his relatives to identify his body if it is ever located.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Colorado Bureau of Investigation
    303-239-5764

    OR
    Glendale Police Department
    303-759-1511

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    The Doe Network
    The Waterloo Daily Courier
    The Greeley Daily Tribune

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    Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 2, 2012; middle name spelling corrected, distinguishing characteristics, clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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