Joan Penderell Taylor

Above: Taylor, circa 2003


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 25, 2003 from Arcata, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 4, 1940
  • Age: 63 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'7, 135 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark green rain parka, dark green rain pants and silver Nike hiking boots.
  • Medical Conditions: Taylor suffers from depression, a compulsive disorder, and dementia. She is required to take medication for her conditions.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Taylor left her home on Jacoby Creek Road in Arcata, California during the evening hours of November 25, 2003. She was last seen walking up the road, near Echo Lane, in a heavily wooded area. She was carrying holly branches at the time. Her boyfriend reported her missing twenty minutes later.

    Taylor has never been heard from again; extensive searches have failed to find any trace of her. She is considered to be endangered due to her medical conditions, and her friends fear she may have committed suicide or met with foul play.


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


    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Arcata Eye
    The Times Standard
    The North Coast Journal
    The San Francisco Chronicle


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated April 18, 2006; details of disappearance updated.

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