Gerald Robert Talifero

Gerald, circa 2018

  • Missing Since 06/07/2018
  • Missing From Goleta Beach, California
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race Black
  • Date of Birth 01/07/1950 (71)
  • Age 68 years old
  • Height and Weight 6'0 - 6'1, 175 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Gerald may shave his facial hair. His nickname is Storm.

Details of Disappearance

Gerald was last seen on June 2018. He lived with his fourteen-year-old son, Adagio, on a farm near Nevada City, California, and Adagio was homeschooled. They left the farm on June 2, and this is the last time anyone saw Adagio.

In the following days, Gerald visited friends in Arizona, and relatives in Santa Barbara and Ojai, California, and left some of his belongings with these people. He said he and Adagio were going to sail a friend's 30-foot sailboat to Hawaii. When he was asked where Adagio was, Gerald said he was on the boat with friends. It was unusual of Adagio not to accompany his father everywhere, as they were very close.

Gerald set sail from Goleta Beach, California on June 7. There was a possible planned stop in San Diego, California. The trip to Hawaii should have taken three to six weeks. Gerald's ex-wife and his family became concerned when they didn't hear from him or Adagio within five weeks, and contacted the Coast Guard, but they had no information about the boat so there was little the Coast Guard could do.

The pair apparently never arrived in Hawaii. They were supposed to fly back to San Diego on September 1 and had already purchased tickets, but never made the flight.

It's possible Gerald and Adagio perished at sea, but Adagio's mother, who divorced from Gerald in 2013, believes her son may be alive and that Gerald may have taken him and disappeared voluntarily. Their cases remain unsolved.

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated June 8, 2019; casefile added.