Details of Disappearance
Dockstader disappeared from Los Angeles, California on October 22, 2003, shortly before a fire broke out in his neighborhood and all its residents were evacuated. Dockstader left behind several letters implying suicide; he had been depressed at the time of his disappearance.
Dockstader's lower jawbone was found in the Running Springs School Road area in December 2004; it had several intact teeth in it and was identified by dental records. A search of the area turned up several more bone fragments. Dockstader's death is under investigation.