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Case File 2322DMCA

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Tom Ray Starkel
Missing since December 5, 1979 from Palmdale, Los Angeles County, California
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: July 15, 1960
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 19 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'6"; 150 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Blond hair; green eyes.
  • Clothing: Tan sweater and brown corduroy pants. Tennis shoes, approximate size: 7 1/2.
  • Jewelry: Gold watch.
  • Dentals: Available
  • DNA: Available
  • Fingerprints: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Tom was last seen on December 5, 1979 in Palmdale, CA. Tom was last seen leaving his girlfriends home at 22.00. Evidence showed he arrived at his apartment that night.

He was driving a dark green Firebird with Nevada plates. His car was recovered 2 weeks later with another driver. The car was pulled over coming back into California from Nevada. In the car the police found a handgun that had been recently fired under the drivers seat, in the trunk of the car was Tom's jacket. The pink slip to the car had been signed over by Tom to the driver.
The driver was arrested and held for about 2 weeks, but with no evidence to go on investigators had to release him.

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Source Information:
Missing in California
NamUs MP #1165

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