Claudia Mathiew

Above: Mathiew, circa 1997


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 9, 1997 from Dana Point, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 21, 1960
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, green eyes. Mathiew may have been wearing eyeglasses with wire frames at the time of her disappearance. Her name may be spelled "Mathieu."
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A blue ski vest.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Mathiew was last seen in Dana Point, California at 7:00 p.m. on December 9, 1997. She is believed to have gone kayaking in Dana Point Harbor on the day after her disappearance, in a gray Pongo kayak with a black seat. A photo of the kayak is posted below this case summary. The next day, Mathiew's German Shepherd was found muzzled inside a cage in her vehicle at Doheny State Park. The car was a white Toyota RAV4 SUV with California license plates. Mathiew's loved ones say it is uncharacteristic of her to abandon her dog.

    December 9 was a windy day and the water at Dana Point was choppy; Mathiew may have had an accident while kayaking. Foul play is not suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.

    Above: Mathiew's kayak


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


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    North American Missing Persons Network
    Orange County Sheriff's Department


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 4, 2014; distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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