Young Hwan Chang
Chang, approximately 2004
Date reported missing : 11/06/2004
Missing location (approx) :
Chandler, North Carolina
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 02/15/1936 (85)
Age at the time of disappearance: 68 years old
Height / Weight : 5'3, 170 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A gold nugget-patterned Seiko watch on his left wrist and possibly white pants, a white short-sleeved polo shirt, a blue denim pullover shirt or sweatshirt, and house slippers or loafers.
Medical conditions : Chang has Alzheimer's Disease.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Asian male. Gray hair, brown eyes. Chang is a native of Korea. He speaks little English.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Chang became a resident of the Mount Pisgah Family Care Home in Chandler, North Carolina on November 3, 2004, having just moved to the area from his family's home in Atlanta, Georgia. He left the facility on November 6 and last seen at approximately 4:00 p.m. that day.
Chang walked into Pisgah Valley Market, looked around, and walked out. He appeared disoriented at the time. He has never been heard from again, but dogs tracked his scent to a nearby mobile home park.
Authorities believe someone may have given Chang a ride out of the area. His case remains unsolved.
Other information and links : ncy
Buncombe County Sheriff's Department
September 2021 updates and sources
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