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Case File: Joseph Lawrence Halpern - 4185DMCO

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Joseph Lawrence Halpern

  • Case Classification: Missing
  • Missing Since: August 14, 1933
  • Location Last Seen: Estes Park Vacinity, Larimer County, Colorado
  • Physical Description
    ** Listed information is from the time of disappearance.

  • Date of Birth: September 11, 1910
  • Age at Time of Disappearance: 24 years old
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Height at Time of Disappearance: 5' 8
  • Weight at Time of Disappearance: 165 lbs
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Alias(s) / Nickname(s): Unknown
  • Distinguishing Marks/Features: Right eye crossed with slight scar above it.
  • Dentals: Not available
  • Fingerprints: Available
  • DNA: Available
  • Clothing & Personal Items
  • Clothing: Light blue shirt, light brown trousers. Heavy shoes.
  • Jewelry: Unknown
  • Additional Personal Items: Had an army knapsack with him.
  • 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."

    Investigating Agency(s)
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  • Agency Name: National Park Service - Rocky Mountains
  • Agency Contact Person:Superintendent Edmund Rogers
  • Agency Phone Number: 970-586-1221

  • Agency Case Number: Unknown
  • NCIC Case Number: N/A
  • NamUs Case Number: MP #2797
  • Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.

    Information Source(s)
  • NamUs
  • CBI

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