Paul D. Yotter
Yotter, approximately 1991; Yotter on his motorcycle
Date and time person was reported missing : 12/21/1991
Missing location (approx) :
Santa Maria, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 05/11/1969 (52)
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9, 200 - 225 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Possibly a black and red motorcycle suit with a matching Shoei helmet. A photo of Yotter in the suit and helmet is posted below this case summary.
Medical conditions : Yotter may have been suicidal at the time of his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Yotter may have a mustache, beard or a goatee. He may wear glasses for distance vision and he may have a tattoo of the letters "XXX" on his left arm.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Yotter was last seen in Santa Maria, California on December 21, 1991. His employer called his grandmother after Yotter didn't show up for work, and she went to his apartment and found it deserted with a suicide note left behind.
Yotter disappeared together with his motorcycle, a red and black 1988 Honda with the California license plate number 13D5981, the model number CBR1000F and a red No Fear decal on the fairing. A photo of Yotter on his motorcycle, wearing his motorcycle suit and helmet, is posted with this case summary. Neither he nor his motorcycle have ever been seen again. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Santa Maria Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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October 12, 2004. November 7, 2015; Medical conditions : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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