The Doe Network:
Case File 4185DMCO


Joseph Lawrence Halpern
Missing since August 14, 1933 from Estes Park Vacinity, Larimer County, Colorado
Classification: Missing

Vital Statistics

  • Date Of Birth: September 11, 1910
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 24 years old
  • Height and Weight at Time of Disappearance: 5'8"; 165 lbs.
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: White male. Brown hair; brown eyes.
  • Marks, Scars: Right eye crossed with slight scar above it.
  • Clothing: Light blue shirt, light brown trousers. Heavy shoes. Had an army knapsack with him.
  • DNA: Available
  • Fingerprints: Available

Circumstances of Disappearance
Joseph Halpern of Green Bay, Wisconsin, disappeared on August 14, 1933, while hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park near Taylor Peak.
He left his parents at their campsite, packed a few items in his knapsack, and set off on a day hike with a college friend. By mid-afternoon, the friend decided to return to the campsite saying that Joseph had headed off alone to climb to Taylor Peak.
Not knowing if Joseph was lost, injured, or had plunged to his death off a cliff, park rangers and at least 150 volunteer searchers combed the mountainous terrain for days on end.
Park authorities checked registers on Taylor and nearby peaks, but none had Joseph's signature. Officials debated bringing in bloodhounds but couldn't locate any nearby.

In 1950 Joseph's parents went to probate court and filed notice of "legal presumption of death."

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

National Park Service - Rocky Mountains
Superintendent Edmund Rogers

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