Rosemary Theresa Kunst

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Above: Kunst, circa 2000

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 18, 2000 from Siskiyou County, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 1, 1929
  • Age: 70 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'3, 122 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Gray hair, hazel eyes. Kunst has numerous surgical scars.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue fleece shirt, hiking boots and a blue baseball cap.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kunst resided in San Anselmo, California at the time of her disappearance. In August 2000, she attended a weekend retreat hosted by the Earth Circle Association in Quartz Valley, California. She and the other guests camped in the Marble Mountain Wilderness, twenty miles from Etna, California. At 9:00 a.m. on August 18, 2000, Kunst stayed behind in camp while her companions went on a hike for the day. She apparently decided to go for a short hike by herself that afternoon. She was carrying only a sandwich, some trail mix and her journal at the time. She never returned to camp and has never been heard from again. She was last seen at the south end of Spirit Lake, walking towards a ridge.

    The Spirit Lake area is very steep and rugged with a lot of timber and boulders. Investigators believe Kunst became lost. Her family says she was not despondent at the time of her disappearance and has no history of leaving without warning. Extensive searches turned up no sign of her besides a tuft of her hair, which was found caught in some heavy brush south of Spirit Lake. Her case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Siskiyou County Sheriff's Department
    530-841-2900

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    Marin County Sheriff's Office
    North County Times
    North American Missing Persons Network
    The San Francisco Chronicle

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 7, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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