Dena Viola McHan
McHan, approximately 1981
Date reported missing : 12/06/1981
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 10/23/1962 (58)
Age at the time of disappearance: 19 years old
Height / Weight : 5'6, 130 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A thick white sweater, Jordache jeans three sizes too large for her, nylon stockings, and open-toed heeled shoes.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, green eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : McHan was last seen in Stockton, California in the early morning hours of December 6, 1981. She was on her way home from visiting friends in Sacramento, California when she stopped at a gas station to get fuel for her car, a canary-yellow 1974 Toyota with a black vinyl top.
The attendant at the gas station noticed two men harassing McHan, and asked if she needed help. She told the attendant she would be fine. She has never been heard from again and her car has never been located.
McHan was a student at San Joaquin Delta College at the time of her disappearance. She is missing under suspicious circumstances and foul play is suspected.
Other information and links : ncy
Stockton Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Doe Network
The Stockton Record
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6 October 12, 2004. June 22, 2019; date of disappearance corrected.
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