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John Len Taylor

Missing Person Case September 2021

Taylor, approximately 1999

Date reported missing : 05/21/1999

Missing location (approx) :
Gary, Indiana
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :

DOB : 04/16/1951 (70)
Age at the time of disappearance: 48 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 150 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Blue or gray pants, a blue and white shirt, a black and gray jacket, and a silver watch.
Medical conditions : Taylor was shot in the year prior to his disappearance and has medical problems as a result.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : African-American male. Black hair, brown eyes. Taylor has surgical scars on his abdomen and on the back of his neck.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Taylor was last seen walking in the vicinity of the 3900 block of Adams Street in Gary, Indiana on May 21, 1999. He walked a regular route between Glen Park and the Dorie Miller housing projects along Broadway and 21st Avenue, where his girlfriend lived, at the time of his disappearance. He enjoyed the walk and would refuse any rides offered him.
On the day of his disappearance, Taylor went to his girlfriend's residence and got into an argument with someone there. He said he was going out for a walk and to get some fresh air. Taylor never returned home from his walk and has never been heard from again.
During one of his walks in 1998, Taylor was shot from behind and left for dead. He underwent surgery for his wound and developed medical problems afterward. The shooter was never identified. Authorities suspect foul play was involved in Taylor's disappearance, but it's unclear whether it was related to the previous shooting. It remains unsolved.

Other information and links : ncy

Gary Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

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October 12, 2004. May 31, 2008; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.