Muni Bart Perzov

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Above Images: Perzov, circa 2009

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: May 1, 2009 from San Jose, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: December 14, 1959
  • Age: 49 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'1, 175 - 200 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, brown eyes. Perzov is balding.
  • Medical Conditions: Perzov may have been suicidal at the time of his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Perzov was last seen in San Jose, California on May 1, 2009. He sent a text message to Theresa Hanson, his girlfriend of eleven years, saying he would be stargazing on Mount Hamilton. He has never been heard from again. It's uncharacteristic of Perzov to leave without warning. He was driving his blue 1998 Audi with a fist-sized dent in the rear at the driver's side, and the license plate number 3VVN796. A photo of the car is posted below this case summary.

    After his disappearance, Hanson checked Perzov's computer and discovered his financial records for the preceding three years were missing. She believes he was depressed over financial problems and possibly suicidal when he went missing, and she stated he carried a gun in the trunk of his Audi. An unopened bottle of Maker's Mark bourbon and one drinking glass also disappeared from Perzov's home. Two weeks after he was last seen, his vehicle was found abandoned at Big Basin State Park. Authorities also found an abandoned tent near the Sunset Trail. A letter from Perzov addressed to Hanson was inside it; Hanson characterized the letter as a suicide note. An extensive search of the park, which is 18,000 acres in size, turned up no sign of Perzov.

    Perzov was born in Merrick, New York. He is Jewish, and his interests include hiking, camping, cooking, writing, aviation and stargazing. Police don't suspect foul play was involved in Perzov's disappearance. His girlfriend remains hopeful that he's alive. His case remains unsolved.

    Car
    Above: Perzov's 1998 Audi

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    San Jose Police Department
    408-277-4786

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    NBC Bay Area
    Bay City News
    The Santa Cruz Sentinel
    Muni Perzov's Facebook Page

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated November 2, 2009; casefile added.

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