Milan Vucurevich Jr.

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Above: Milan Jr., circa 1984

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 3, 1984 from Kauai, Hawaii
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Age: 37 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'5, 230 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair. Milan Jr. may have a beard.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Milan Jr. went sailing with two friends, 27-year-old Mary Houston and 35-year-old Jim Chouinard, in Hanalei Bay off of the Hawaiian island of Kauai on June 3, 1984. The group was traveling in an 18-foot catamaran, which was described as "unsinkable" by its manufacturer. They were scheduled to return to shore in a few hours, but the three friends never arrived on Kauai and have not been seen again. Milan Jr.'s boat has never been located despite an extensive search. He left his wallet behind, and Chouinard left his dog.

    Milan Jr. is a former United States Marine, a former lifeguard and an expert boatman. Houston and Chouinard are described as being excellent swimmers. Milan Jr.'s father, Colonel Milan Vucurevich Sr., is retired from the United States Army and has spent years attempting to find out what happened to his son and his friends in 1984. The United States Navy was conducting military tests off of Kauai on the day of Milan Jr.'s boat ride. The Navy was firing missiles at white styrofoam targets that were approximately the same size and shape as the group's catamaran. Milan Sr. has said that the Navy did not allow search teams to enter an area near the last known location of his son's boat in Hanalei Bay. He believes that the Navy mistakenly fired a missile at Milan Jr.'s catamaran and killed the persons on board. The Navy has denied any involvement in the disappearances. Milan Sr. has written numerous politicians and presidents requesting assistance with information related to his son's case.

    The Navy did accidentally launch a missile at a freighter near Kauai in 1988, four years after Milan Jr. and his friends disappeared. The impact killed one person aboard the boat.

    Milan Jr.'s case remains unsolved. He was a resident of Los Angeles, California in 1984.

    Photographs and information for Houston and Chouinard are unavailable.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Kauai Police Department
    808-241-6739

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    Source Information
    KCBS-2
    David H. Hackworth
    The Los Angeles Times

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated October 1, 2013; age, height and weight added.

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