Top Row: Zoltowski, circa 1993
Center Row: : Zoltowski age progressed circa 2005; Bottom Row: Age-Progressions by Barbara Martin
Jeffrey John Zoltowski
Missing since March 31, 1993 from Wailua, Island of Molokai, Hawaii.
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Zoltowski disappeared on March 31, 1993 while hiking in the Wailua Valley on Molokai in the Hawaiian Islands. He flagged down a Department of Land & Natural Resources helicopter which declined to fly him out. The ranger did however take his backpack back to the DLNR service yard where it sat for 41 days.
It was the last known sighting of the Wayne State University student who volunteered at the Veteran's Hospital and Detroit soup kitchens. As a Livonia Stevenson High School student, he was a popular football player. Police and rangers have looked for him, and the U.S. Marines sent 38 men to the area for nearly a week of searching. The family has talked to the FBI and other police agencies. No sign of Zoltowski has ever been found.
Zoltowski had gone to Hawaii to explore, to possibly find himself and what he wanted to do. He arrived in January 1991 for a four-month hiking vacation. He toured the islands and made friends with some local Hare Krishna members.
He may have been sighted in Kauai, Hawaii after his disappearance, but it has not been confirmed.
In 2002, a Honolulu woman who saw Zoltowski's case featured on a nationwide talk show told police that she has seen him several times panhandling in Iwilei. She said that she is certain Zoltowski is the man who asked her for money near the Kmart on Nimitz Highway. She said that he identified himself as "Sam" or "Samuel". She also said that he appeared to have a severe head injury and scarring on his forehead. His speech was slurred and he limped. Kmart is across the street from the Institute for Human Services homeless shelter. At least one person staying at the shelter said that he may have been seen there, though nobody recognized his picture.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Farmington Public Safety Department (Michigan)
Honolulu Police Department
Agency Case Number: 94-1203
NCIC Number: M-951413461
Please refer to this number when contacting any agency with information regarding this case.
TroubleShooters International Inc.
The Hawaii Channel
Nations Missing Children Organization
The Honolulu Advertiser