Thomas Michael Nickel
Nickel, approximately 2002
Date reported missing : 10/29/2002
Missing location (approx) :
San Diego, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 02/01/1950 (71)
Age at the time of disappearance: 52 years old
Height / Weight : 6'0, 170 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : Unknown, but he usually wears casual or business attire and sometimes a straw hat. He usually carries a backpack.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Nickel is balding. His nickname is Tom. His two upper front teeth are capped.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Nickel was last seen in San Diego, California on October 29, 2002. He left his home at 7:00 a.m. and never returned. He has never been heard from again. His white 1998 Jeep Cherokee with the California license plate number 4BTZ894 was found abandoned in La Jolla, California on May 15, 2003; residents in the area said it had been there for some time.
Nickel was a practicing attorney at the time of his disappearance. It's uncharacteristic of him to leave without warning, but he had a number of debts and his brother believed this could be a factor in his disappearance. Few details are available in his case.
Other information and links : ncy
San Diego Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
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