Philip Michael Zarba
Zarba, approximately 1984
Date reported missing : 05/01/1984
Missing location (approx) :
San Rafael, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 01/03/1938 (83)
Age at the time of disappearance: 46 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 180 pounds
Medical conditions : Zarba was addicted to cocaine at the time of his 1984 disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes. Zarba may have a beard.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Zarba was last seen in San Rafael, California on May 1, 1984. He has never been heard from again. He wasn't reported missing until 1985. Since Zarba's disappearance there have been rumors that he was murdered, but none of the accounts have been confirmed. Few details are available in Zarba's case.
Other information and links : ncy
San Rafael Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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