Joseph Laurence Halpern
Halpern, approximately 1933
Date reported missing : 08/15/1933
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/11/1910 (110)
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 5'8, 165 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A light blue shirt or a white shirt with blue stripes, light brown pants and heavy shoes or mukluks. He usually doesn't wear a hat.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Halpern's right eye is crossed and he has a slight scar above it. His nickname is Teacher and he may use the alias name Louis Hollenbuck. Halpern is fluent in French and German. He is a non-smoker.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Halpern was last seen hiking near Taylor Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park on August 15, 1933. He had gone camping in the region with a friend. He began hiking up Taylor Peak alone, carrying an Army knapsack. He has never been heard from again.
Halpern's friend notified authorities when he failed to return from his hike. In the days that followed, a snowstorm hit the area. An extensive search of the mountains turned up no sign of him.
Following Halpern's disappearance, there were unconfirmed sightings of him all over the country: in Phoenix, Arizona in December 1933; traveling with the Civilian Conservation Corps near Alliance, Nebraska in May of 1935; and traveling with the Lewis Brothers Circus in Detroit, Michigan in the summer of 1935. None of these reports were ever substantiated.
Halpern was a graduate student at the University of Chicago at the time of his disappearance, and had a summer job at an observatory in Wisconsin. He's talented in mathematics, chemistry, astronomy and chess.
Authorities are no longer actively investigating Halpern's case due to the passAge at the time of disappearance: of time, but they have taken DNA from his relatives to identify his body if it is ever located.
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Glendale Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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Updated 6 times since October 12, 2004. March 2, 2012; middle name spelling corrected, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : , Description, clothing, jewerly and more : and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.