Flashback Friday: Mirko Yug

This week’s Flashback Friday case is Mirko Yug. He disappeared from Los Angeles in 1976, at the age of 49. If he’s still alive he’d be 90 at the end of the month.

I’ve got NOTHING on this guy. All my usual checks turned up nothing. Grasping at straws, I tried to find out something about his ethnic origin. I guessed it was Slavic. Wikipedia says the first name Mirko is of east Slavic origin (that is, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian or Slovenian), but when I checked his last name on Ancestry they said it’s German. Ancestry also said there’s only a handful of families in this country with that surname, in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.

Of course, a person who disappears from a major global city like Los Angeles could have come from anywhere. Maybe he was just visiting the country or something. The possibilities are endless. And it’s been 40 years.

10 thoughts on “Flashback Friday: Mirko Yug

  1. Aileen July 1, 2016 / 11:51 am

    I’m not sure how to reach out to you, please delete from here if not allowed. I can’t find profiles for Charlotte Trego or Wanda Lemons, the two remaining missing women of the six women that when missing from Chillocothe, Ohio, between May, 2014 and May, 2015.

    • Cattt July 4, 2016 / 9:46 am

      Wow, and it has extra info of his parents, ex wives, and one of the photos looks like him.

  2. Mischa July 1, 2016 / 5:20 pm

    Yug isn’t a german surname

  3. Nearer Keen (@nearerkeen) July 1, 2016 / 7:46 pm

    Surnames are weird. My husband is Ukrainian, with a Polish last name that is spelled according to a German translation. Also, I know a family whose last name is Yug of East Indian heritage. So who knows?

  4. Maya July 1, 2016 / 8:33 pm

    geni.com says he was born in Croatia and lists him as “Mirko Jug”. This lends credence to the idea that he was a tourist, and also explains why info on him is fuzzy.

    • Darlings July 2, 2016 / 5:04 pm

      I do not share the tourist idea! As xou see on geni, he was married twice and the second lady has a name which leads me to think that he emigrated to US at a certain point of time. Further more this explains the name change : Jug means south and this was also the first part of his former country (Jugoslavija), which internationally was written with Y (ug…). So he may have adapted his last name to have it properly pronounced.

  5. Lucrezia July 4, 2016 / 5:11 am

    I am from Balkans -Montenegro. Name Mirko is definitely Serbian or Croatian, and, as other person already mentioned -Yug is how do you write the surname “Jug” in order to have it properly pronounced. It is Croatian surname. I don’t believe he was tourist, if he had his surname changed. In Croatian or Serbian language, letter “Y” does not exist. Besides, in 1976 and before, Croatia was part of ex-“yugoslavia”, that actually was under communist dictatorship, and people were rather running away from there than traveling to other countries as tourists. I will try to find if there is anything on this guy writen in Croatian.

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