Boaz Zino

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Above: Zino, circa 1999

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: January 3, 1999 from Oakland, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: December 31, 1976
  • Age: 22 years old
  • Height and Weight: 5'10, 170 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Dark brown hair, brown eyes. Zino has an abdominal scar extending from his navel to his pubic bone. He has two moles above his upper lip and two additional moles on his right cheek. Zino wears eyeglasses for distance vision. His nickname is Bo.
  • Medical Conditions: Zino has been diagnosed with mental illness and is required to take medication to control his condition. He has been prescribed the anti-psychotic drugs Risperidal and Zyprexa.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Zino was on holiday leave from United States military training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in early 1999. He was last seen aboard a bus in Oakland, California on January 3, 1999. Zino planned to travel to San Francisco, California at the time of his disappearance. It is unclear if he arrived at his destination. Zino has never been heard from again.

    Prior to his disappearance, Zino had been a student at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany. He was originally a Dean's List student, but dropped out of college to take part in the circus. Later on, he re-enrolled, but did not finish the term and received incompletes in all his classes. He traveled to Israel and spent a few months at a yeshiva, a Jewish religious school, but dropped out and went to live with his grandmother in Tel Aviv, Israel.

    While he was in Israel, Zino's behavior changed dramatically. He so alarmed his mother during a telephone conversation that she flew from the United States to Tel Aviv and made him seek psychiatric attention. Zino was prescribed the anti-psychotic medication Risperidal and placed in a religious home for the mentally ill. His condition improved, but then he left the group home and stopped taking his medicine a few months after his mother returned home. A few months after that, Zino and his father also went to the United States. A month after his arrival there, Zino was hospitalized again for his mental illness and prescribed the medication Zyprexa.

    Zino joined the United States Army after he got out of the hospital. He did not tell the Army of his psychiatric illness, his hospitalizations or the medication he was taking. He enlisted on November 30, 1998 and last spoke to his family on the telephone a few weeks later. He sounded upbeat at the time of the conversation and said he was going to visit relatives in Oakland. But when his bus arrived in Oakland, Zino saw two other enlisted men off and told them he was going to San Francisco instead. Several weeks later, the Army notified Zino's family that he had never returned to Fort Sill for active duty as scheduled.

    Zino's mother hired a private detective to look for her son in 2001. The detective believed Zino was possibly homeless. Prior to his disappearance, Zino had expressed admiration for homeless people and their resourcefulness. Witnesses reported seeing a man resembling Zino living on the streets and in homeless shelters in the Berkeley, California area, but the private detective was never able to locate him.

    Oklahoma and California authorities are handling Zino's case. It remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lawton, Oklahoma Police Department
    580-581-3240

    OR
    California Department Of Justice
    Sacramento Office
    916-227-3290

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    Source Information
    NamUs
    California Attorney General's Office
    Lauth Missing Persons

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated February 3, 2008; distinguishing characteristics, medical conditions and details of disappearance updated.

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