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James M. McLaughlin

Missing Person Case September 2021

McLaughlin, approximately 1998

Date reported missing : 02/27/1998

Missing location (approx) :
Elyria, Ohio
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
Ethnicity :

DOB : 08/02/1940 (81)
Age at the time of disappearance: 57 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 180 - 210 pounds
Medical conditions : McLaughlin was under a doctor's care for an unspecified medical condition at the time of his disappearance, and took medication which was left behind.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos : Caucasian male. Graying brown hair, blue eyes.

Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : McLaughlin was last seen in Elyria, Ohio on February 27, 1998. He left his medication, keys and checkbook behind at his residence and has never been heard from again. At the time of his disappearance, McLaughlin depended on rides from others for his transportation. Few details are available in his case, which remains unsolved.

Other information and links : ncy

Elyria Police Department

September 2021 updates and sources

Elyria Police Department
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Ohio Attorney General's Office

October 12, 2004. May 8, 2019; Medical conditions : added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.