Abraham M. Kalaf

Above: Kalaf, circa 1996


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 24, 1996 from Tucson, Arizona
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 2, 1916
  • Age: 79 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7 - 5'8, 180 - 185 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, brown eyes. Kalaf is of Lebanese descent. He has a long surgical scar on his back. Kalaf wears gold-rimmed trifocal eyeglasses and his nickname is Abe. He is soft-spoken.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A tangerine-colored golf shirt, khaki pants, Reebok sneakers, a gray Sandvik baseball cap and possibly a turquoise bolo tie.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kalaf was last seen on July 24, 1996 as he traveled from Tucson, Arizona to a drilling job site located between Tombstone and Gleason, Arizona. He was supposed to stay at the Adobe Lodge motel in Tombstone. He never arrived at his destination and has never been heard from again.

    Kalaf's silver 1989 Dodge Ram pickup truck was discovered abandoned in October 1996, three months after he was last seen. The vehicle was stuck in a ravine in a rugged, mountainous area approximately 17 miles from Kalaf's drilling job site. Kalaf's personal belongings and uncashed employee paychecks were found inside the vehicle. Authorities found plastic flagging tape extending northeast from the vehicle and believe Kalaf was trying to mark his direction of travel. He apparently went towards the Dragoon Mountains, rather than in the direction of civilization. Eventually the flagging tape stopped appearing, and Kalaf was never located in spite of an extensive search.

    Kalaf is described as being well-educated. His case remains unsolved.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Cochise County Sheriff's Office

    Pima County Sheriff’s Department


    Source Information
    The Arizona Republic
    Pima County Sheriff's Department
    The Doe Network


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 19, 2008; details of disappearance updated.

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