Lawrence John Powers

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Above Images: Powers, circa 2007


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: April 9, 2007 from Wickenburg, Arizona
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: March 30, 1949
  • Age: 58 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'5, 150 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes. Powers's nickname is Larry and he may go by his initials, L.P.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Powers resided in Murphy, California at the time of his disappearance, but he frequently visited Arizona, where he owned several mining claims. He was last seen in Wickenburg, Arizona on April 9, 2007. He has never been heard from again. Powers was reported missing by friends in June 2007. He was declared legally dead in 2012.

    In May 2016, Anthony Richards was arrested and charged 23 counts, including forgery, trafficking in stolen property, the theft of Powers's handgun and credit card, and 19 counts of identity theft for using Powers's credit card to make purchases in three states, most of them after his disappearance. A photo of Richards is posted below this case summary. The two men had were partners in the Big Nugget mining claim near Bagdad, Arizona, and Richards was the last person to see him. On the day of Powers's disappearance, he and Richards visited two gold mining stores in Salome and Wickenburg.

    Although no one has been charged in connection with Powers's disappearance, authorities believe he met with foul play. His case remains unsolved.

    Above: Anthony Richards, circa 2016


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

    Calaveras County Sheriff's Department


    Source Information
    The Wickenburg Sun
    Carole Sund/Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Washington Times
    The Arizona Republic
    The Chino Valley Review


    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated May 13, 2016; date of disappearance, distinguishing characteristics and details of disappearance updated.

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