North American Missing Persons Network
Nicholas Howard Buttle

Above Images: Nicholas Howard Buttle, circa 2001

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 7, 2001 from Malibu, Los Angeles County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: April 5, 1946
  • Age: 55
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Hazel
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Buttle may have a moustache.
    Tattoo on right shoulder of two greyhounds.
  • Clothing: Black shorts, and blue tank top.
  • Case Number: 001-08867-1086-400

  • Details of Disappearance
    Buttle and his friend, Eric Alan Hammer, departed from Corral State Beach in Los Angeles County, California on December 7, 2001. They paddled a two-person kayak out to a yacht that they anchored at sea to perform work on the boat. The National Weather Service issued several advisories regarding strong winds that approached the area during the day. Buttle and Hammer encountered intensifying conditions at sea while returning to shore.
    Buttle was knocked out of the kayak near Dan Blocker County Beach shortly thereafter. Buttle was wearing a t-shirt and shorts at the time of the accident; he was not wearing a life vest.
    Authorities rescued Hammer later that evening. He was located approximately three miles off of the coast. The men's kayak and their two paddles were also recovered at the scene. Hammer was treated for hypothermia at a local hospital. Authorities continued searching for Buttle by air and sea until December 8, the day after his disappearance.
    He is presumed drowned, but his remains have never been located.
    Buttle continues to be classified as a missing person.
    Buttle was a resident of Malibu, California in 2001.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

    Source Information
    California Dept. Of Justice
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal
    The Daily News Of Los Angeles
    United States Coast Guard