Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
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monitored the bank account for at least a year and found that checks continued to be deposited but no money was ever withdrawn while the account was active.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.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Lakeport, California Police Department
Honolulu, Hawaii Police Department
California Dept. Of Justice
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin