Randy James Michaels

Michaels, circa 2021; Some of Michaels's tattoos

  • Missing Since 05/16/2021
  • Missing From Youngstown, Ohio
  • Classification Endangered Missing
  • Sex Male
  • Race Black
  • Date of Birth 04/24/1988 (36)
  • Age 33 years old
  • Height and Weight 5'7, 165 pounds
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description A white t-shirt and/or a white hooded sweatshirt, gray Nike pants and brown terrycloth slippers.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Michaels's nickname is Ran. He may use the last name Rozay. His jaw was previously wired shut. He has a circular scar on his abdomen or chest, similar to a large chicken pox scar. Michaels has numerous tattoos on his chest, abdomen and arms, including: the words "Never Satisfied" on the inside of his forearm, praying hands with rosary beads, the name "Sally" and the dates "08-03-31" and "03-04-94" on the inside of his forearm, the number 330 on the back of his hand, pink lips on his collarbone, the name "Lisa" in cursive on his collarbone, three dice on his right arm, the name "Jessica" on the inside of his bicep, the name "Kristina" in cursive above his collar line on the back of his neck, a city skyline with the words "Soup City" on his chest, and the letters "CHP" on his abdomen. Photos of some of his tattoos are posted with this case summary.

Details of Disappearance

Michaels was last seen leaving Steel City Bar and Grille at the corner of Shirley Road and East Midlothian Boulevard in Youngstown, Ohio at 1:30 a.m. on May 16, 2021. He has never been heard from again. Although he was homeless at the time of his disappearance, he kept in close touch with his mother and they spoke multiple times per day.

After Michaels went missing, his mother got a series of anonymous calls from a New Mexico phone number. The caller said they had Michaels and demanded a $1,500 ransom, but they would hang up after Michaels's mother asked several times to speak to him. His mother believes the calls were from a scammer who had nothing to do with her son's disappearance.

At the time of his disappearance, Michaels worked as a roofer. He has three daughters whom he often visited. He did not own a car and would walk to where he wanted to go.

The circumstances of his disappearance are unclear, but his mother believes he may be dead.

Investigating Agency

  • Youngstown Police Department 330-747-7911

Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004. Last updated July 13, 2022; casefile added.