Randy Stewart Doran
Doran, approximately 1978
Date reported missing : 04/18/1978
Missing location (approx) :
New Orleans, Louisiana
Missing classification : Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 05/19/1955 (66)
Age at the time of disappearance: 22 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 160 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue/hazel eyes. Doran has a scar on his upper lip, and extra vertebrae in his spine.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Doran was last heard from on April 18, 1978. He had left his home in California after an argument with his uncle. He is believed to have been working on the SS President steamboat, which was docked in New Orleans, Louisiana, prior to his disappearance; he sent a postcard to his aunt from there. In the postcard, he said he was doing well, was working and had made some friends. He has never been heard from again.
Doran, a Marine veteran, was an avid guitar player in 1978. He has previously traveled to Nevada and Florida. Few details are available in his case. Sacramento County, California police are investigating.
Other information and links : ncy
Sacramento County Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Louisiana Repository for Unidentified and Missing People
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