Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Dean Tanaka

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I am profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP for every day of the month of May. Today’s case is Dean Toshio Tanaka, a 35-year-old man of Japanese descent who disappeared from Woodland Hills, California on September 13, 1996. Woodland Hills is in Los Angeles.

Tanaka had schizophrenia, but he must have been high-functioning because he had a good job, as a motorcycle mechanic.

Apparently his family believes he is dead, because he has a gravesite at Green Hills Memorial Park, a cemetery in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.

5 thoughts on “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Dean Tanaka

  1. marsyao May 24, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    So they found Elizabeth Elena Laguna-Salgado too, boys, the golden state killer, Lauria Bible & Ashley Freeman, Jerry ‘Mike’ Williams, Kelsie Schelling, Ebby Steppach, quite a few mysteries are resolved recently

    • Meaghan May 24, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      They haven’t found Ashley and Lauria.

      I’m still reeling from the news today that Morgan Freeman is a sexual harasser. Some people are saying his accusers must be liars, but Morgan himself isn’t denying any of it. Just issued a halfassed apology saying he’s sorry if he made anyone uncomfortable. What a turd.

    • Meaghan May 24, 2018 / 3:58 pm

      I don’t think they’ve found Kelsie either unless you know something I don’t. Someone is charged with her murder though.

      • marsyao May 24, 2018 / 4:18 pm

        what I mean is now we know for sure what have happened to them

  2. Patrick Kerrigan May 24, 2018 / 7:46 pm

    At least we have figured out what hapoened to Ashley and Laurie, and Ebby, and a frw others, We had the Buck Skin Girl, in Miami County, finally identified as Marcia L. King, back in April. This is about 37 years after her remains were found. Her mother never reported her missing.

    There is suttle pressure on law enforcement to use these new forensic tools, to resolve their cold cases. We also need to keep are own research on these missing persons. If only law enforcement would be appreciative of our efforts. We look at the GSK, who Michele McNamara put on he country’s screen.

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