John Stephen Kozma
Kozma, approximately 1996
Date reported missing : 11/20/1996
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 12/27/1916 (104)
Age at the time of disappearance: 79 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4 - 5'5, 130 - 140 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Gray hair, brown eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Kozma was last seen in Phoenix, Arizona on November 20, 1996. It's unclear why he left his trailer home near 27th Avenue and Osborn Road, but he may have gone into the Superstition Mountains to look for gold: he left behind a handwritten note that read, "Gold-panning trip."
Kozma has no known living relatives; it was his senior dancing group that reported him missing. He has never been heard from again. Few details are available in his case.
Other information and links : ncy
Phoenix Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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The Arizona Republic
October 12, 2004. March 10, 2016; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.