Article about Peter McColl

I found this article about Peter McColl, who was missing fifteen years on Saturday. The article includes several pictures I had not seen before.

Peter’s case is very puzzling. He was a sixteen-year-old out-to-be-junior in high school in Berkeley, California, an honor student, athletic, with a good family and no apparent problems in his life. He hopped on a bus and just vanished off the face of the earth. His family doesn’t live in Berkeley anymore but their hearts still ache for him and they still hope he’ll be found.

As his mother was quoted in the article, “Anything could have happened to Peter.” A six-foot, 160-pound teenager is hardly a likely candidate for abduction, and if he ran away he chose to do so with nothing but the clothes on his back, without having received his driver’s license, leaving all his stuff and $100 in cash behind in his room. The religious cult angle seems as likely as any, but who knows? His case reminds me a lot of Jason Jolkowski‘s — two good-looking teen boys with contented lives who may have been taken by aliens for all we know.

11 thoughts on “Article about Peter McColl

  1. Kevin August 30, 2010 / 10:36 pm

    Interesting article. The UC Berkeley cult angle seems very possible. They have some real kooks lurking in that town, but especially that campus. If he didn’t leave to join a cult or something, maybe he committed suicide possibly by using the Golden Gate Bridge. This may explain why no body has ever been found. Hope this isn’t the case, but it may be a possibility. It seems like he has a nice family.

  2. Princess Shantae August 31, 2010 / 12:19 am

    He was a nice looking boy. Even being six foot tall and all doesn’t mean he could not be kidnaped. I mean probably he wasn’t snatched and forced in a car on the street, but he could very easily be talked into a car or acept a ride with somebody and not realize he was in trouble till he was way out in the country where nobody could help him, or be drugged. Randy Kraft killed like 60-65 guys Peter’s age or older, and some of them were marines. If they’d been sober they probably could of broke him in half but usualy they were already half drunk when he met them and then he would give them spiked drinks to put them farther under.

    • danielle August 31, 2010 / 12:36 am

      I remember Randy Kraft..that was here in Southern Calif. He was stopped for a trival reason, like a broken tail light and the cop found the dead Marine in the passenger seat with his pants down. (or something like that…)
      So many possibilities must be torture for the family and friends.

      • Princess Shantae August 31, 2010 / 12:45 am

        Yeah, they pulled him over and the marine was sitting up in the front seat with him with his fly open or his belt undone. He was actually still alive but not breathing and he died on the way to the hospital.
        Kraft is still alive on death row right now. California hardly ever executes anybody they say they’re going to. I don’t think they ever even set a date for him. He even tried to sue the state on some stupid bs, something like they are the ones responsible for him doing what he did. Judge laughed him right out of court. He’s your typical psycho, always blaming somebody or something else for the stuff he did and only thinking about his own butt.

    • Meaghan August 31, 2010 / 2:32 am

      Good point about Kraft. Obviously he didn’t do this one, but there are more people like him out there.

  3. Elisabeth August 31, 2010 / 6:09 pm

    The problem I have with the cult theory is, wouldn’t he have turned up in the last 15 years, even if only briefly? It’s a long time to be gone with no contact.

    Though there is the possibility he joined willingly, but then somehow died and the cult covered it up. Very strange all around.

    Though not quite as strange as Jason Jolkowski, where really the only possibility is some kind of abduction/murder. (Unless you get into things like him being hit by a car and the driver panicking, but it was mid-morning, so the chances of the conditions you’d need for that to happen seem minute.)

  4. Princess Shantae September 1, 2010 / 12:12 am

    The cult doesn’t seem too likely to me. People don’t just suddenly up and join cults and nobody notices anything. People start acting different and doing different things when they join and if they’re like most new converted people they want to tell everybody about this new thing they’ve found and try to convert other people.

    • kevob99 September 1, 2010 / 3:48 am

      Tell that to the Heaven’s Gate family members.

  5. Justin September 1, 2010 / 2:33 am

    It could be suicide. Depression appears to run in his family. According to the article, both his mother and sister suffer from it, and there are lots of people who just don’t let their depression show and their families had no clue they were suicidal until they do it.

    He could have jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge or slipped over the side from the Ferry Services in the Bay Area. I remember reading about jumpers who were witnessed entering the water, and despite intensive searches, the bodies were never recovered. If the sea has him, he is not going to be recovered.

  6. Princess Shantae September 1, 2010 / 8:50 pm

    Were the mom and sister depressed before Peter vanished, or did that happen after/because of him being lost?

    Maybe he wasn’t depressed but was bothered enough by their depression that he ran away? Or was afraid he’d have it too someday?

    • Meaghan September 1, 2010 / 10:03 pm

      The thing is, if he ran away you’d think he would have taken SOMETHING, or that SOMEBODY would have heard from him in the ensuing 15 years.

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