Prifogle, approximately 2020
Date and time person was reported missing : 03/04/2020
Missing location (approx) :
Pine Cove, California
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 08/12/1967 (53)
Age at the time of disappearance: 52 years old
Height / Weight : 6'2, 210 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Jeans and a red backpack.
Medical conditions : Prifogle had a transient ischemic attack, also known as a mini-stroke, several months prior to his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Graying blond hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Prifogle was last seen in Pine Cove, California on March 4, 2020. He left home at approximately 1:00 p.m. to take a hike and was last seen at the Pine Cove Market at 6:30 p.m. He has never been heard from again and his car was later found on Acorn Lane at the head of Webster Trail. A six-day search turned up no sign of him except his backpack, which searchers found on the second or third day.
The backpack was found lying in the brush far off the Webster Trail, intact, with all its pockets zipped. Inside were Prifogle's phone, fire hat, some snacks and an empty juice bottle. When authorities checked the phone, the last photos were of a creek, taken the same day Prifogle was last seen. There was no other indication of his whereabouts. Although Webster Trail isn't well-used, he had been familiar with it since childhood.
The police refused to accept a missing persons report for Prifogle until March 6. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Riverside County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Idyllwild Town Crier
The La Jolla Light
The Desert Sun
The Riverside Press-Enterprise
October 12, 2004. June 28, 2021; Medical conditions : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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