Torey Clarke Newlin

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Above Images: Newlin, circa 2002

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: February 16, 2002 from Lahaina, Hawaii
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: November 4, 1978
  • Age: 23 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'2, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Newlin normally wears his hair in a ponytail. His tongue is pierced.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A puka shell necklace, white shorts, and no shoes or socks.
  • Medical Conditions: Newlin took a large dose of LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) prior to his disappearance. He was disoriented as a result of the drug.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Newlin was a senior at the Fort Collins campus of Colorado State University in 2002. He traveled to Hawaii with a group of students on February 12, 2002 for a seven-day vacation. They planned to attend a String Cheese Incident concert in Lahaina four days later. Newlin's mother said that her son attended over 100 of the group's shows since 2000. Newlin normally juggled orange and green glow balls during the concerts, making him familiar to other fans.

    Newlin's friends told authorities that he took a large dose of LSD at approximately 8:00 p.m. on February 16. His group gathered at the Lahaina Civic Center prior to the String Cheese Incident's concert. Newlin became disoriented immediately after taking the drug. He approached a security guard and repeated the phrase "I don't know where I am" before running out of the building. He left his wallet, backpack and cellular phone inside the facility.

    A law enforcement officer saw Newlin yelling as he walked along Honopiilani Highway near the Civic Center. Newlin was last seen sitting on a bench in front of Wahikuli State Wayside Park, which is close to the facility. He has never been heard from again. He was not carrying any cash or identification at the time of his disappearance.

    Newlin's friends attempted to locate him for two days before reporting him as a missing person. An extensive search of the Lahaina area produced no clues as to his whereabouts. There were several unconfirmed sightings of Newlin after his disappearance, but investigators have been unable to verify the incidents.

    Newlin's relatives reside in Texas and he was born there. He majored in hotel/restaurant management at Colorado State University and was a soccer player and a Little League baseball coach. Newlin is described as having an energetic personality. His loved ones say he does not have a drug problem and his taking LSD on the night of his disappearance was a one-time incident. Newlin's girlfriend was pregnant at the time of his disappearance and gave birth to his son in May 2002. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Maui Police Department
    808-244-6400

    OR
    808-244-6480

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    Source Information
    Have You Seen Torey Newlin?
    The Maui News
    The Honolulu Star-Bulletin
    KMGH ABC-7
    The Rocky Mountain News
    MauiTime Weekley

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated on March 5, 2016; date of birth added.

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