Douglas David Lakin
Lakin, date unknown
Date reported missing : 04/01/1981
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 11/20/1928 (92)
Age at the time of disappearance: 52 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 200 pounds
Medical conditions : Lakin may be suffering from an undetermined mental illness.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Lakin has a scar on his abdomen.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Lakin was born in Portland, Michigan and graduated from Michigan Technical University in Houghton with a degree in mining engineering. He served with the United States Marines during the Korean War as a Mandarin Chinese translator.
Lakin married his wife after his discharge from the Marines. The couple worked together for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in South Dakota. They had seven children together and relocated to the Omaha, Nebraska area in 1964. Their youngest son died during that time period and they divorced.
Lakin moved to Michigan to be near his family sometime after his son's death. He was employed part-time in property surveying and construction. Lakin began traveling around the United States in 1980. He often called his relatives and let them know his location.
Lakin was in Corona, California near the Mexican border during Easter weekend in April, 1981. He called his family in Michigan and asked them to wire money so he could return home. He has never been heard from again.
One of Lakin's daughters actively searched for her father until 2000, when she decided to initiate the process of declaring him legally deceased. There has been no activity on Lakin's Social Security number since 1981.
There were no objections to the process from other relatives and Lakin was declared deceased in Nebraska in September 2001. His family held a memorial service for him in November 2001.
Lakin's daughter believes that her father suffered from an undiagnosed mental illness and that with treatment, he would have recovered and not disappeared. His daughter was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder some time ago.
Other information and links : ncy
Douglas County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
The Omaha World Herald
The Doe Network
October 12, 2004. April 16, 2008; middle name added.