MP of the week: Brian Perlish

This week’s featured missing person is Brian Perlish, a 30-year-old man who disappeared from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 23, 1997. He was last seen leaving his residence. Unfortunately, I don’t have any other details about his disappearance.

I did find traces of pre-disappearance Brian in the Philadelphia Inquirer. In 1984, when he was sixteen and attending Pennsbury High School, he was quoted in an article about students learning math by studying the size of pizzas ordered from various chains. They calculated the size of the round pizzas, in square inches, using the Pi R Squared formula, then divided this by the price to determine how much the pizzas cost per square inch.

Two years later, Brian was quoted in another article about a university employees’ strike at Temple University. It said he was a music major. He would probably have been a freshman at the time, based on his age.

Brian’s father died in 2015, and Brian is listed, without comment, as one of his children in the death notice. From the notice I learned he has three siblings, all of whom are married, and four nephews and a niece.

Alas, I have learned nothing about what happened with Brian going missing.

16 thoughts on “MP of the week: Brian Perlish

  1. fluttergirl August 27, 2019 / 8:26 am

    I did some digging on Ancestry and His middle name started with a J, and he lived in various places in the ’90s. Nashville, TN. Riverton, NJ. Philadelphia, PA. Yardley, PA. Fort Meade, MD. There’s a photo from the 1989 Temple University yearbook (Philadelphia, PA) that lists him as a music major from Lansdowne, PA. I’ll email it to you. And, finally, there’s the following small news article:


    Printer course grad

    Army Pvt. 1/C Brian J. Perlish has graduated from a printer systems operator course at the Navy Technical Center, Corry Station, Pensacola, Fla.

    Perlish is the son of Jerome S. and Francine F. Perlish of Yardley, Pa. A 1985 graduate of Pennsbury High School, Fallsington, Pa., he is a 1989 graduate of Temple University.

    – Trenton Evening Times (Trenton, NJ)
    February 25, 1991

  2. Anonymous August 27, 2019 / 8:30 pm

    Hello Meghan, I’m a long time reader who is going through his own “headache crisis” for over a year now. I was wondering if you could please tell me how you remedy it?

    • Meaghan August 27, 2019 / 8:33 pm

      I went to the Cleveland Clinic and they taught various pain management techniques. The only non-opiate drug they had that worked as a thing called DHE, dihydroergotamine, which must be injected and has pretty bad side effects—worse than the pain itself, sometimes.

      One thing you need to think about is rebound headache, which is what happens when you get caught in a vicious cycle of painkiller use. Your body gets so used to you taking painkillers that it will start causing pain just because you aren’t on painkillers. Unfortunately the only way to stop this is to stop all painkiller use, for a month or longer. You’ll be pretty miserable during that time.

      • Anonymous August 28, 2019 / 7:01 am

        Thank you for the advice!

  3. Patrick Kerrigan August 27, 2019 / 8:31 pm

    Fluttergirl, it sounds from your information, that Brian Perlish, most likely served in the military crypto field. The Navy Technical Center, Corry Station trains many of the Navy and Marine Corps personnel that work in that field. Also, Fort Meade, Maryland is the home of the National Security Agency, aka The Puzzle Palace, or No Such Agency. When I joined the U.S. Navy during Vietnam, to avoid the draft, I was recommended to work in one of those ratings. However, I indirectly volunteered for submarine duty, and ended serving on a nuclear powered attack submarine.

    However, I have read a number of books on this field, and share some of my knowledge about code breaking during WW II, while volunteering with the U-505, a German submarine we captured in WW II, over 75 years ago. It’s on display at the Museum of Science & Industry.

    So it makes wonder if he ever used the VA system for his healthcare, after being discharged from the U.S. Army. Their is a major VA hospital in Philadelphia.

  4. christina August 28, 2019 / 8:16 am

    Hi, I found his name and someone (him?) that has his birthday except one day off. From there I looked for him and at my genealogy website found his name again on a public record address card living in Tennessee AFTER the date of disappearance. 1998 is on the card. I’ve been at this website constantly for two weeks and they seem pretty accurate on the dates of the address cards…Could be someone else I guess, but that last name didn’t come up to much in my search…Curious hmm..

  5. christina August 28, 2019 / 8:24 am

    Sorry should have kept looking first, i just found a newer address card for 2001, that actually has his birthday on it. Along with older addresses, it has him living in Yardley, Pennsylvania in 2001. No other dates on there are higher then 2001. Then it has Philadelphia in 1994 and Fort Meade Md in 1991. Wonder if he’s one of the missing people cases where they aren’t missing anymore but their non missing status never got updated anywhere.

  6. Patrick Kerrigan August 28, 2019 / 5:39 pm

    According to sources I checked Brian Perlish, served with the 741st Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort Meade, Maryland. They were involved with signals intelligence program for the National Security Agency. I also came across addresses in Yardley, Pennsylvania and Riverton, New Jersey. I will try and find out if he was a patient in the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

    But, it makes me wonder what he did after leaving the U.S. Army. He has a degree in music and joins the Army and gets assigned to military intelligence. It’s typical that you have a certain background, and get assigned to something different in the military.

    I wonder if is working in the same area that he did in the army.

  7. Meaghan August 28, 2019 / 8:10 pm

    I hope she gets in touch with those that love her.

    • marsyao August 29, 2019 / 3:51 pm

      Meaghan, police in Virginia made contact of Kaya in Feb 2018, not 2019

      • Meaghan August 29, 2019 / 3:56 pm

        I’m not actually sure that’s true. The post is dated 2018, but I think it was posted in 2018 and updated in 2019; updating it would not change the date on it. The comments on it are from less than a year ago.

  8. Jen September 9, 2019 / 6:32 pm

    I went to both that high school and college. Grew up in that town. Didn’t realize he was from Yardley, but always saw the Philly connection. I think he should have graduated from Charles Boehm High School in Yardley, because high schools hadn’t merged yet (1989 or 1990 is when we all merged I think.) PHS is in Fairless Hills, but the district offices are actually in Fallsington. I wonder why the news didn’t pick up on this?

  9. TheSolution_HP September 5, 2020 / 11:32 pm

    Hello Kaya has been found. Can you please remove all content relating to Kaya Lee Birch so she can get her life back without any of this showing on the internet.

    • TheSolution_HP September 5, 2020 / 11:34 pm

      That means the original post and all related comments. thank you. I am her mother.

  10. Chris Enslow January 23, 2023 / 12:57 pm

    After being called to the attention of this case and websites, I served with Brian Perlish at Fort Meade between 1989 to 1991. Today I reached out to the Philadelphia PD to let them know that during that time at Fort Meade, DNA was being collected by all soldiers in a “new program” to assist with ID of remains should we become battlefield casualties.

    I also pointed out Philly PD that dental and possibly fingerprint records could also be requested via FOIA.

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