Richard Harvell

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Above Images: Harvell, circa 2015

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 15, 2015 from Kern County, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 31, 1948
  • Age: 67 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'11, 185 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Harvell was last seen in Kern County, California on October 15, 2015. He lived in Boron, California and was camping with a friend in the Mojave Desert at the foot of the Tehachapi Mountains at the time of his disappearance. He and his friend were eating inside their camping trailer near 150th Street and Highgate Avenue when a thunderstorm began late in the evening. The storm caused a flash flood that swept water, mud, sand and other debris down the mountainside, damaging hundreds of homes and trapping more than 100 vehicles four to six feet deep. Harvell went outside in knee-deep water to try and move his truck to safety when a boulder hit him and he fell down and was swept away. The truck was carried only a short distance by the flood, but Harvell vanished.

    Harvell, a Vietnam War veteran, was the youngest of fifteen siblings in his family, and fathered six of his own children. He worked at building fences and other construction projects and spent several days at a week at his mobile home; his family stated he preferred mountains and wilderness area. At least one other individual died in the flood. This victim's was recovered, but Harvell's has never been found in spite of an extensive search.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kern County Sheriff's Department
    661-391-7623

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Kern Golden Empire
    The Los Angeles Times
    The Antelope Valley Press
    CBS News
    KBAK & KBFX Eyewitness News

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 17, 2016; casefile added.

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