Patricia Ann Laxer
Laxer, approximately 1997
Date reported missing : 08/11/1997
Missing location (approx) :
North Hollywood, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 08/16/1933 (87)
Age at the time of disappearance: 63 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7, 145 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian female. Blonde hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Laxer returned to her residence in North Hollywood, California after a doctor's appointment on August 11, 1997. She has never been seen again. Her car was later found near the Universal City overlook. At the time of her disappearance, she may have been despondent over an upcoming move to Oregon. She may be a patient in a hospital or nursing home.
Laxer was reportedly a patient of the same doctor who treated Robert Black, who disappeared in 1996, and Goldie Swanger and Richard Davison, both of whom vanished in 1997. Swanger was found in 2004, but the others are still missing. All four missing persons disappeared either en route or upon returning from appointments with the same physician. It is not known if the cases are otherwise connected in any way.
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Los Angeles Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
Los Angeles Police Department
The Alamance Independent
California Attorney General's Office
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October 12, 2004. March 24, 2021; picture added, Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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