William Wright North
North, approximately 1999
Date reported missing : 04/22/1999
Missing location (approx) :
Santa Rosa, California
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 01/29/1952 (69)
Age at the time of disappearance: 47 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10, 160 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A multi-colored Hawaiian shirt, Levi's jeans, black shoes and a jacket. Carrying a gray backpack.
Medical conditions : North was depressed at the time of his 1999 disappearance.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. North may have a beard. His nickname is Bill.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : North planned to travel to the California coast for Earth Day festivities on April 22, 1999. He was last seen hitchhiking in Duncan Mills, California sometime during that day. He has never been heard from again.
North's gray backpack was discovered abandoned in the north parking lot of Goat Rock Beach in Jenner, California on April 23, the day after his disappearance. There was no sign of him at the scene. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Sonoma County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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