Walter Christopher Kuchanny
Kuchanny, approximately 1984
Date reported missing : 03/19/1984
Missing location (approx) :
San Francisco, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 11/06/1948 (72)
Age at the time of disappearance: 35 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 150 - 160 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A blue pinstriped suit.
Medical conditions : Kuchanny was depressed at the time of his disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Kuchanny goes by his middle name, Christopher, or the nickname Chris.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Kuchanny was last seen in San Francisco, California on March 19, 1984. He left home to go to the bank and never returned. He has never been heard from again. He rented a car on the day he disappeared, and next day, it was found at Vista Point at the Golden Gate Bridge. There has been no sign of him since.
Kuchanny had moved to California from England with his wife and three children in 1982, and left his job as a computer programmer to work freelance. He had a hard time finding work, however, and eventually took a job as a programmer at the Bank of America. He disliked the job and was having financial problems, he was having a hard time adjusting to life in his adopted country, and he had become depressed.
His wife stated that in the few days before his disappearance, he had seemed happier and more relaxed than he had in months, and he was behaving normally. Authorities are not sure whether he voluntarily walked out of his life, or died by suicide, or whether other factors were involved in his case. His disappearance remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Marin County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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California Attorney General's Office
The San Francisco Examiner
October 12, 2004. March 14, 2019; picture added, Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: and Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : updated.
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