George Lyman Carpenter
Carpenter, approximately 2009
Date reported missing : 12/23/2009
Missing location (approx) :
San Luis Obispo, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 74 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 170 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A light-colored shirt, jeans and black shoes.
Medical conditions : Carpenter was experiencing mild symptoms of dementia at the time of his disappearance and sometimes got lost in familiar areas.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Gray hair, green eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Carpenter was last seen at 2:00 p.m. in San Luis Obispo, California on December 23, 2009. He left to take his dog, a black Laborador named Scooter with a missing tail, to Laguna Lake Park. He never returned, and has never been heard from again.
Carpenter was driving his gray 1989 Jeep Comanche with a camper shell, the California license plate number 3W27270, and a decal of a Darwin Fish with legs on the back. About a month after his disappearance, the Jeep was found near Fort Hunter Liggett and the dog was found near the town of Gorda in Monterey County, California.
Extensive searches turned up no indication of Carpenter's whereabouts; his case remains unsolved.
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