Ronald David Kruska

Above: Kruska, circa 1978


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 10, 1978 from Los Angeles, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 23, 1960
  • Age: 18 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 165 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Kruska has a tattoo of a Viking warrior on his left arm. He has a tattoo of a dragon with Japanese lettering below the image on his upper right arm.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: Blue Levi's jeans and tan sneakers.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kruska was last seen hitchhiking in Los Angeles, California on October 10, 1978, after he left his home in Canyon Country. A friend dropped him off at Interstate 5. He carrying a khaki-colored backpack at the time of his disappearance. He has never been heard from again.

    Kruska is a former football player at Saugus High School. He had been keeping bad company, drinking alcohol and smoking marijuana, but at the time of his disappearance he was trying to straighten out his life and hoped to join the federal Job Corps. On the day of Kruska's disappearance, he found out he had a different father than his siblings, and became extremely upset and left home. His family initially assumed he had left of his own accord and would return, but they became concerned after months passed without his making contact with them. Kruska's loved ones reported him missing in February 1979, four months after he was last seen.

    Authorities believe Kruska may be deceased, but little evidence is available in his case.


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Los Angeles Daily News


    Updated 3 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 11, 2013; details of disappearance updated.

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