Missing Robert Albert Ahtonen located 2020
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Robert Albert Ahtonen
Left: Ahtonen at age 17
(approximate date 1967, about 13 years before his disappearance; more recent photos are unavailable);
Center: Sketch of Ahtonen as he appeared at the time of his 1980 disappearance;
Right: Age-progression to age 53 (approximate date 2002)
Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Missing Since: January 21, 1980 from Newberry, Michigan
Type: Lost/Injured Missing
Date of Birth: December 14, 1949
Age at disappearance: 30 years old
Height and weight : 5'8 - 5'11, 135 - 150 pounds
Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Sandy brown hair, blue eyes. Ahtonen's teeth are severely crooked and overcrowded, and he has a double set of eyeteeth which protrude outwards. His left hand has previously been fractured and he has scars on both pinky fingers.
Clothing/Jewelry Description: A gold-tone watch.
Medical Conditions: Ahtonen has been diagnosed with epilepsy, an organic brain disease, and mild chronic undifferentiated schizophrenia, and needs medication to control his seizures. He is also mentally disabled, with an IQ of 67. He functions at the level of a seven- to eight-year-old and cannot care for himself. He talks to imaginary persons and has difficulty following directions.
Details of disappearance and psychic work by Brian Ladd (login to view
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Ahtonen was a patient at Newberry Regional Mental Facility in 1980. His aunt was going to pick him up for a home visit on January 21, but was delayed by a snowstorm. When the storm subsided and she arrived at the facility, she discovered that Ahtonen had walked off the grounds during the blizzard and not returned. The staff at the facility realized he was missing at 4:00 p.m. when they were supposed to give him his medication, but they didn't notify police until 7:30 p.m. He has never been heard from again. Temperatures in the area dropped to 11 degrees that night.
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