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Case File 2333DMCA

Stephenson, circa January 1992

Michael Dean Stephenson
Missing since July 1, 1996 from Ojai, Ventura County, California
Classification: Endangered Missing

Vital Statistics

Circumstances of Disappearance
Michael Stephenson, a Ventura resident, went camping in the Los Padres National Forest, in the area of Nettle Springs and Apache Canyon, near the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line, in the upper Ojai, area in early July 1996. This was a planned vacation from his job as a counselor at the Ventura based Turning Point Foundation, and Stephenson had told friends he would be staying at a cabin belonging to a friend in Apache Canyon.

Days after Stephenson left on his trip, authorities found his truck in Nettle Springs, about eight miles east of California 33 on Apache Canyon Road. His gear was in his car and it appeared he was going for a day walk and then would return.
He was reported missing July 20 and neither his parents nor authorities have heard from him since. Authorities do not suspect foul play.

If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:

Ventura Police Department

Agency Case Number: 96-11526

NCIC Number: M-946665216
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

Source Information:
Ventura Police Department
Los Angeles Times - October 22, 1996

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