MP of the week: Norman Pappas

This week’s featured missing person is Norman Basil Pappas. This slender, fresh-faced 19-year-old disappeared from the small town of Carmel, California on July 26, 1993, a month shy of his twentieth birthday.

And that’s all. This case is pretty slim pickings: “Few details are available.” I can’t find anything else about Norman or his disappearance from any of my usual sources.

If Norman Pappas is still alive, he would be 43 years old this coming summer. I’d love it if anyone who knew him or his family or anything about this case could comment or at least shoot me an email.

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8 thoughts on “MP of the week: Norman Pappas

  1. HennyLee March 15, 2016 / 10:34 am

    I always find it strange when there is a young missing person with few details available… and especially ones for recent years. I always feel like, if it were MY loved one I would be blasting there information and photos out to everyone that would bother listening! Of course that is just my opinion/feeling.

  2. Doris Mallonee (@dorisday1961) March 19, 2016 / 4:26 pm

    Is that an unusual last name? If so maybe somebody can google it and find some of his family in that area. Thanks for all you do!!

    • Meaghan March 19, 2016 / 5:38 pm

      It’s Greek. A lot of Greek immigrants with longer last names, like Papadakis, anglized it to Pappas. Basil is often used in Greece. I know a woman of Greek descent named Basilda, aka Bessie.

  3. Leslie L March 31, 2016 / 9:58 am

    He went by the name of Basil. I was a friend of his, elementary to middle school. Crazy that I thought to Google his name today and see if anything new had happened in this cold case.
    When it happened, the rumor I heard, was he checked out of life and became a crazy desert person. I doubt that could be the case anymore.

    • Natasha May 3, 2016 / 1:31 am

      Hi Leslie,
      What was he like? Did he got to Carmel High School? What kind of car did he drive? Did he work? Thanks!

      • Leslie May 3, 2016 / 10:08 am

        He wasn’t a popular kid. I would call him socially awkward. He was in the class of 91 at Carmel High School. I don’t think he had a car, and I don’t remember him working.

  4. Ana May 10, 2016 / 2:36 am

    Here I sit watching Disappeared on ID and thought I would just Google Basil to see if there was anything new and I find this. Leslie! How the heck are you? (It’s Analee). Anyway, I have often thought about this case and how so little is known. Basil was super quiet in High School. He sat in front of me in Anatomy for a year and I don’t think he ever said a word to me. I don’t understand why there are no details. If my son was missing, my face would be everywhere searching for him. I have no idea what Basil’s parents names even are. I don’t even remember his parents or anything about him in the news when this happened. I have often wondered if I should ask my friend who is a journalist with the local Carmel paper to run a story on his disappearance.

    • Leslie May 10, 2016 / 2:33 pm

      Ana, what a pleasant surprise. I’m alive and well living in Tehcahapi, CA. Married with 2 kids. You?

      I assumed because Basil was kind of an odd duck nobody ever thought or cared about him. I remember his mom driving a station wagon around town with missing person fliers in the window. I also remember a article in the Pine Cone. That was about all I ever saw.

      I totally agree, as a parent, you wouldn’t forget. They must know more than we do.

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