Arnold Joseph Epel Jr.
Epel, approximately 1989; 1987 Acura Integra similar to Epel's
Date reported missing : 01/19/1989
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 01/20/1963 (58)
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 165 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A light-colored shirt and dark-colored pants.
Medical conditions : Epel may have been suicidal at the time of his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Epel has mild curvature of the spine, similar to scoliosis. He had his hair in a crew cut at the time of his disappearance.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Epel was last seen in the 7400 block of southwest 39th Street in Miami, Florida on or about January 19, 1989. (The date may be off by one or two days.) He disappeared after leaving a note for his family indicating he planned to take his own life, and instructing them on what to do with his belongings and property. He has never been heard from again. He may have been carrying a gun and a Sony Walkman at the time of his disappearance.
After Epel's disappearance, his blue 1987 Acura Integra with the Florida license plate number 698KCT was found abandoned on Okeechobee Road (U.S. 27) in Glades County, Florida, just south of the Highlands County line. Few details are available in his case.
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Miami-Dade Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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October 12, 2004. May 1, 2021; picture and Medical conditions : added, name and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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