Arlene Kazuko Tsuji

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Above Images: Tsuji, circa 1991

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: October 24, 1991 from Aptos, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: April 13, 1966
  • Age: 25 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'0, 103 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Asian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Tsuji's left ear is pierced three times and her right ear is pierced twice. Some agencies reverse her first and middle names, as in "Kazuko Arlene." She was born in Japan.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A long-sleeved pullover sweatshirt, black shorts and possibly Walkman headphones.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Tsuji was last seen on her daily walk in the Vienna Woods neighborhood near Cabrillo College in Aptos, California on the evening of October 24, 1991. She was seen talking to a man on Haas Drive at approximately 7:00 p.m. She never returned home and authorities believe she was abducted. Searchers found a piece of plastic on Haas Drive, about half a mile from Tsuji's home; this may have been a piece of her headset.

    Authorities believe Tsuji may have known her abductor, as it would be uncharacteristic of her to go anywhere with a stranger. She worked as an office clerk for a travel agency at the time of her disappearance and is described as a private person and a dependable employee who was close to her family. She graduated from Aptos High School and attended Cabrillo College afterwards. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office
    831-454-2311

    OR
    831-471-1121

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    Source Information
    Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office
    The San Jose Mercury News
    NamUs
    The Santa Cruz Sentinel

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    Updated 4 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 17, 2017; picture added, distinguishing characteristics, clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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