Dean Toshio Tanaka

Above: Tanaka, circa 1996


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 13, 1996 from Woodland Hills, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 30, 1961
  • Age: 35 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 190 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Tanaka may have a mustache, beard or goatee. He is of Japanese descent and has tattoos on both of his arms. A photograph of one of his tattoos is posted below this case summary.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A denim shirt and blue jeans.
  • Medical Conditions: Tanaka is schizophrenic and requires medication to regulate his condition.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tanaka was last seen walking away from his residence in Woodland Hills, California on the afternoon of September 13, 1996. He has never been heard from again. Tanaka was employed as a motorcycle mechanic at the time of his disappearance and may be still working in that field. He may be an unidentified "John Doe" patient in a hospital or nursing home. His case remains unsolved.

    Above: Tanaka's tattoo


    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles Police Department



    Source Information
    Los Angeles Police Department
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Los Angeles Daily News
    The Doe Network


    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 1, 2007; details of disappearance updated.

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