Gregory James Kuljian

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Above Images: Gregory, circa 2012

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 24, 2012 from Humboldt County, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date of Birth: September 6, 1996
  • Age: 16 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 140 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Gregory's nickname is Geddie. He is of Armenian descent.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A black shirt and gray jeans.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Gregory was last seen in Humboldt County, California on November 24, 2012. He was at Big Lagoon County Park with his girlfriend, his older sister, Olivia Kuljian, their parents, Mary Elena Scott and Howard Gregory Kuljian, and the family's dog, Fran. While chasing a stick, the dog was pulled into the ocean by a rogue wave. Gregory went in to rescue it and his father ran in after him. As they were trying to retrieve the dog in calf-deep water, both of them were swept in by the surf. Mary tried to pull Gregory to shore and was also swept in. Olivia attempted to rescue her mother and had to be rescued herself by a bystander.

    Photographs of Gregory's parents are posted below this case summary. Searchers retrieved Mary's body from the water, and Howard's was found washed up on the beach. Fran returned to shore unharmed, but an extensive search turned up no sign of Gregory. He is presumed drowned.

    Gregory was a junior at Arcata High School in 2012. He was involved in art classes, sailing, track and cross country at school, and also had an interest in aeronautical engineering. A memorial service for him and his family was held on December 9, 2012, and the community banded together to raise money for his orphaned sister.

    Mary Scott Howard Kuljian
    Left: Mary Elena Scott;
    Right: Howard Gregory Kuljian

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Humboldt County Sheriff's Department
    707-445-7439

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Daily Mail
    ABC News
    Find a Grave
    The Humboldt Sentinel
    The Eureka Times-Standard
    The Armenian Reporter

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated January 14, 2014; casefile added.

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