MP of the week: Charles Radice

This week’s featured missing person (which I didn’t do yesterday cause I was at an early Independence Day thing) is Charles Anthony Radice, a 76-year-old World War II veteran who disappeared from Lancaster, California on May 15, 1995.

Curiously, his adult grandson, whom he lived with, didn’t bother to report him missing. Sounds pretty sketchy to me, but I don’t know much else about it, so who knows what happened there.

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Pride Month: Robin Reed

In honor of Pride Month I’m featuring a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer missing person every day for the month of June. Today’s case is Robin Reed, a 15-year-old gay boy who disappeared from Petaluma, California on January 24, 1995.

It’s no mystery what happened to Robin; he was seen jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. He was struggling to cope with his sexuality and had been bullied at school. The students at his high school created a Gay/Straight Alliance in his honor after his death.

His body has never been recovered.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: James Goh

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, I’m profiling one Asian or Pacific Islander MP every day for the month of May. Today’s case is James Junhee Goh, a Korean-American 23-year-old who disappeared from Rancho Palos Verdes, California on February 24, 2008.

It’s no mystery what happened: he was swept out to sea near this lighthouse and presumed drowned after saving a friend from the same fate.

Goh’s body was never found and probably never will be at this date, but he died a hero.

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.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Maria Pomona Cruz Estrada

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 Maria Pomona Cruz Estrada, a 66-year-old tourist who disappeared from the Mojave National Preserve in San Bernardino County, California in 2008.

Maria is from the Philippines and was visiting relatives in the U.S. when she went missing. She went hiking in the preserve with a partner, and they separated and were going to meet up later, but Maria never showed up.

I think it’s a bad idea to EVER go hiking alone in a wilderness area, particularly if you’re not familiar with it, which Maria presumably was not. Sadly she probably got lost and died horribly in the desert.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Rakesh Gopi

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 Rakesh Pal Gopi, an eighteen-year-old of Indian descent who disappeared from Pittsburg, California on December 4, 1991.

Rakesh was last seen in the 300 block of Cabrillo Place. Google Maps shows that is currently a cul-de-sac in a quiet residential neighborhood. Perhaps this young man was last seen at home.

Unfortunately I don’t know anything else about him, or his disappearance. Was he in college? High school? Was he born in the U.S. or was he an immigrant? What do the police think happened to him? I haven’t a clue.

If still alive, Rakesh would be 44 years old today.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Patrick Tanouye

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 Patrick Keoni Tanouye, a 30-year-old man who disappeared from San Francisco, California on September 28, 2012.

I can’t find much on him, other than a note that he may be driving a black 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup. I did find his Facebook page; it says he moved to San Francisco in May, five months before his disappearance. An earlier post indicates he might have spent some time in rehab or a psychiatric facility in late 2011:

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The last posts were from May 30, just after his move:

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I wish I knew more about the details of Patrick’s disappearance. If anyone who knew him finds this blog, feel free to comment below.