Vernon Ralph Erno
Erno, approximately 2003
Date reported missing : 12/28/2003
Missing location (approx) :
San Luis Obispo, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 12/02/1921 (99)
Age at the time of disappearance: 82 years old
Height / Weight : 5'7, 135 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A hunter-green fleece pullover shirt or jacket, olive green khakis, tan Merrell slip-on shoes, a light green beret-style hat with a brim, and a gold ring with large, chipped blue stone.
Medical conditions : Erno suffers from Alzheimer's Disease. He is a dependent adult.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Gray hair, blue eyes. Erno wears eyeglasses with silver wire frames.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Erno's son was driving him to the Laguna Lake golf course in San Luis Obispo, California, on December 28, 2003, when Erno became upset and demanded to be let out of the car. He was let out at a shopping center and ran away from there, and his son called the police. An extensive search of San Luis Obispo failed to turn up any tEthnicity : of Erno, however.
Erno was carrying an identification card and a credit card with him when he vanished; the credit card has not been used. He has never been heard from again. He is often confused and paranoid because of his Alzheimer's Disease, but also has periods of lucidity. He is believed to have wandered away and gotten lost.
Erno is familiar with the Laguna Lake area of San Luis Obispo, having lived there with his son previously. He has also lived in Arroyo Grande, California, and resided in Auburn, Washington at the time of his disappearance; he was visiting his son in San Luis Obispo when he went missing. Erno's case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
San Luis Obispo Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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California Attorney General's Office
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
The Times Press Recorder
October 12, 2004. April 13, 2005.
Interactive Missing Person Search Map