John F. Ward

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Above: Ward, circa 1994

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 30, 1994 from Chatsworth, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 15, 1926
  • Age: 68 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 210 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. White hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: An aqua-colored sweatshirt, khaki shorts, maroon socks, hiking boots and a Medic Alert bracelet.
  • Medical Conditions: Ward was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease five years prior to his disappearance.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Ward was last seen in Chatsworth, California on August 30, 1994. He left his home intent on walking to a sporting goods store a few miles away and has never been heard from again. It is believed that Ward got lost trying to return home. He is described as an avid hiker who can walk up to 25 miles in a single day. He had disappeared once before and authorities found him twenty miles from home.

    A few days after Ward's disappearance, there was a possible sighting of him in Brown's Canyon, where he often hiked. He may have been sighted outside a natural foods store in Canoga Park, California on September 25; the witness him knew Ward but didn't realize he was listed as a missing person. An extensive search turned up no signs of him and his case is unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles Police Department
    213-485-5381

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Doe Network
    The Los Angeles Times

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 13, 2017; clothing/jewelry description and details of disappearance updated.

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