Shinho Steve Seo
Seo, approximately 2004
Date reported missing : 01/01/2004
Missing location (approx) :
Punta Prieta, Mexico
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 09/25/1969 (51)
Age at the time of disappearance: 34 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 200 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black two-piece neoprene wetsuit, a black mask with a bright blue snorkel, a weight belt and a dive watch.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Asian male. Black hair, brown eyes. Seo may go by his middle name, Steve. He is a native of South Korea.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Seo was last seen scuba-diving in the Sea of Cortez off the coast of Punta Prieta, Mexico, 700 miles south of the United States border. He was a spear fisherman and was hunting prey about 60 feet beneath the water's surface at the time of his disappearance.
Seo never resurfaced. His diving companions found his speargun floating in the water. It had been fired. They followed the spear cord to a coral cave about 60 feet down, but there was no sign of Seo. He has never been heard from again.
Seo was employed as a mortgAge at the time of disappearance: banker in Norwalk, California at the time of his disappearance, and Los Angeles County, California police are investigating his case. He was married in 2004 and has two daughters. He is presumed to have drowned.
Other information and links : ncy
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
The Cyber Diver News Network
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October 12, 2004. August 4, 2018; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : updated.
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