John Warren Smith Jr.
Smith, approximately 1996
Date reported missing : 04/26/1996
Missing location (approx) :
Santa Cruz, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/05/1958 (62)
Age at the time of disappearance: 37 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0 - 6'1, 165 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Possibly Levi's jeans and a short-sleeved shirt.
Medical conditions : Smith was depressed at the time of his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown/hazel eyes. Smith has a tattoo of a sun on his left shoulder and another tattoo elsewhere on his body. His nickname is Squeaky.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Smith was last seen in Santa Cruz, California on April 26, 1996. He has never been heard from again. His vehicle was subsequently found abandoned alongside Highway 9 at mile marker 26.86, with all of his belongings in it.
Few details are available in Smith's case. He is described as an artistic person who draws and does wood carvings, including carvings on houses.
Other information and links : ncy
Santa Cruz County Sheriffs Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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October 12, 2004. March 12, 2011; Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.