North American Missing Persons Network
Steven William Branston

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Above Image: Branston

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 1996 from Honolulu, Hawaii County, Hawaii
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 11, 1976
  • Age: 20
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Weight: 170-180 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Long curly hair which he wore
    in a ponytail and may have had a light brown curly beard.
  • Medical Conditions: Mental health issues, including
  • Clothing: May have been wearing a scarf headband, a tie-dye
    shirt or black or white shirt, jeans or cutoffs and sandals.
  • Case Number: 96101163

  • Details of Disappearance
    Branston was a resident of Lakeport, California in 1996. He told his sister that he imagined traveling to Hawaii and dying during the summer of that year.

    Branston left Lakeport on August 1, 1996 and arrived in Honolulu, Hawaii shortly thereafter. Branston disappeared some time afterwards.

    Family members were worried because he had indicated he was suicidal and may not be taking his medication. At first, since he was an adult, the family decided to take a wait and see approach. But by October, the Branstons decided to report his disappearance to police. Branston's parents contacted the Lakeport Police Department on Oct. 5, 1996, reporting that they hadn't spoken to him since August. The last locations where authorities were able to confirm Branston had been were at the Honolulu Airport and at Honolulu's Hy-Pac Self Storage in August 1996. On Aug. 12, 1996, Branston rented a locker at Hy-Pac Self Storage, where he left some personal property, and then opened a bank account on the same day, as he had transferred his Social Security payments to Hawaii. The bank account records at the time of the report showed that two Social Security Income checks, for the months of August and September 1996, had been deposited into the account but no withdrawals had been made. Branston's parents monitored the bank account for at least a year and found that checks continued to be deposited but no money was ever withdrawn while the account was active. The family also monitored the storage locker, which Branston didn't make any more payments on after the initial rental. There were several reported but unconfirmed sightings of him in Hawaii beginning that same month and lasting through the following June. During that time, he was reportedly seen on the islands of Oahu, Molokai, Maui and Kauai.

    The county of Kauai Police Department also conducted an investigation regarding Steven Branstonís disappearance in the year 2000, but turned up no leads.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Lakeport, California Police Department
    (707) 263-2331
    Honolulu, Hawaii Police Department
    (808) 529-3111
    (808) 529-3394

    Source Information
    California Dept. Of Justice
    The Honolulu Star-Bulletin