Joel Anthony Ariza
Ariza, approximately 2009
Date reported missing : 10/30/2009
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 04/14/1985 (36)
Age at the time of disappearance: 24 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 192 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Ariza was last seen in Chester, Pennsylvania on October 30, 2009. He and a new friend launched Ariza's new boat onto the Delaware River under the Commodore Barry Bridge at approximately 2:00 a.m. About five minutes later, the engine stalled and the boat capsized. Ariza's friend jumped off to swim to shore, and Ariza stayed with the boat. He wasn't wearing a life jacket.
Several hours later, Ariza's boat was found submerged about seven miles downriver at Delaware Fox Point State Park in Wilmington, Delaware. There was no sign of Ariza and an extensive search turned up no sign of him. He is presumed to have drowned.
Other information and links : ncy
Chester Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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The Delaware County Daily Times
Joel Ariza (1985 - 2009)
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