Brian Eric Carlstrom
Carlstrom, approximately 1986; Carlstrom's truck
Date and time person was reported missing : 08/09/1986
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 12/06/1959 (61)
Age at the time of disappearance: 26 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 190 - 200 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Possibly a light-colored shirt and denim pants.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Carlstrom may have a full beard. He wears prescription eyeglasses. Carlstrom has burn scars over 80 percent of his body, including on both of his arms, his upper torso and on the right side of his neck.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Carlstrom was in Helendale, California on August 9, 1986. He resided in Colton, California, but at the time of his disappearance he was staying with a friend at Silver Lakes near Helendale. He left his friend's home en route for Las Vegas, Nevada on the morning of August 9. There was a possible sighting of him at the Saddle West Casino in Pahrump that evening. He has never been heard from again.
On September 14, more than a month after his disappearance, Carlstrom's maroon and white 1978 Ford F-150 pickup truck was found abandoned in a remote desert area twenty miles north of Pahrump.
A photo of the vehicle is posted with this case summary. It appeared as if it had been at the location only a short time and several of Carlstrom's personal items were undisturbed inside it. There was no sign of him at the scene.
Carlstrom was a principal in a multimillion-dollar personal injury lawsuit with a major corporation at the time of his disappearance. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
California Department of Justice
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Doe Network
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October 12, 2004. January 30, 2010; three pictures and Description, clothing, jewerly and more : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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