The Doe Network:
Case File 1629DMCA


Michael Larry Madden
Missing since August 12, 1996 from Sonora, Tuolumne County, California
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: January 22, 1976
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 20 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 6'1"; 195 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Light brown hair; hazel eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: 3" surgical scar on left collar bone.
  • Clothing: T-shirt, possibly shorts, a "49'er" or "San Francisco Giants" baseball cap, athletic shoes or hiking boots. He may have been wearing a watch and had camping and fishing gear.
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Madden, a student at Humboldt State University, took his dog, Matilda, and headed into the mountains August 11 in a "Chevrolet Cavalier" to go fishing out of the Sand Bar Flat campground near Pinecrest in Tuolumne County in the Stanislaus National Forest. Friends who went to the Sand Bar Flat campground a few days later reported Madden missing.
He was last seen on August 12, 1996 while camping and fishing with an individual he met at a campground there.
The Sheriff's Department scoured the area with search-and-rescue teams, divers and dogs and came up with nothing.
Foul play is suspected.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Tuolumne County Sheriff's Office

Agency Case Number: 96-2967

NCIC Number: M953354793
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
California Department of Justice
NamUs MP #4473

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