Adrian Curtis Poleahla
Poleahla, approximately 2011; Poleahla's tattoo
Date reported missing : 01/25/2011
Missing location (approx) :
Keams Canyon, Arizona
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Male
Age at the time of disappearance: 44 years old
Height / Weight : 5'4, 190 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Native American male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Poleahla has a tattoo of a banner with the word "Poley" on his right forearm; a photo of the tattoo is posted with this case summary. He has a scar on his left wrist.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Poleahla was released from jail on August 13, 2010, but failed to contact his family afterwards. He had contact with the police in Keams Canyon, Arizona on January 25, 2011; he was reportedly en route to Phoenix, Arizona at the time. He was reported missing on April 30, 2012, a year and a half after his family last heard from him.
Poleahla is a talented wood carver who has sold his kachina figures in art museums. Friends of Poleahla's family reported having seen him selling his artwork at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, but this hasn't been confirmed; the last confirmed contact with him was in January 2011. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Bureau of Indian Affairs
September 2021 updates and sources
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