Howard Shizue Takanaka Jr.
Takanaka, approximately 1984
Date reported missing : 01/01/1984
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/08/1957 (63)
Age at the time of disappearance: 26 years old
Height / Weight : 5'9 - 6'0, 125 - 140 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Asian male. Brown hair, hazel eyes. Takanaka has a tattoo on his left forearm.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Takanaka was last seen in Superior, Wisconsin sometime in January 1984. He has never been heard from again and is rumored to have left the state to find work.
Takanaka served four years in the Army, assigned to the 25th Infantry Division and stationed at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He was honorably discharged. Few details are available in his case.
Other information and links : ncy
Douglas County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Missing and Exploited Children and Adults
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October 12, 2004. April 26, 2019; picture added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
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