Eryk Krystyphyr Richards
Richards, approximately 2013; Cross tattoo; Skull tattoo
Date reported missing : 09/10/2012
Missing location (approx) :
Grand Isle, Louisiana
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 07/30/1980 (41)
Age at the time of disappearance: 32 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 190 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Richards wears black-framed eyeglasses. He has a tattoo of a large cross in black outline on his upper left arm, a tattoo of a black flaming skull on his upper right arm, and a tattoo of letters including "H", "A" and "E" on his upper back. Photos of the first two tattoos are posted with this case summary. Richards's nickname is Rusty.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Richards was last seen on September 10, 2012. He told his friends he was going kayaking in the Gulf of Mexico off Grand Isle, Louisiana.
At 1:00 p.m., a fisherman saw him in his kayak and asked if he needed help. Richards said no, and he has never been heard from again. At 4:00 p.m., his kayak was found empty and floating upside down in the ocean. His car was parked at a marina nearby.
An extensive search for Richards, lasting several days, turned up no sign of him. His family held a memorial service for him later in September. He's presumed deceased.
Other information and links : ncy
St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Louisiana Repository for Unidentified & Missing People
The CUE Center for Missing Persons
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