Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance
Details of Disappearance
On December 23, 2009, Mr. George Carpenter left his home in San Luis Obispo at approximately 2:00 PM to take his dog to Laguna Lake Park and did not return. He exhibits mild symptoms of dementia and can lose his way in familiar areas.
One month after his disappearance, his dog was located alive near Gorda and his vehicle near Fort Hunter Liggett in southern Monterey County. On January 20, a man living near Gorda off Highway 1 north of San Simeon reported that Scooter, a black Labrador retriever with no tail, wandered up to his home in the late afternoon. The dog appeared to be thin and in fair condition. The dog was wearing a collar and the license number on the tag matched the license number issued by San Luis Obispo County Animal Services.
Monterey County Sheriff’s deputies, conducting an aerial search, spotted his vehicle outside the grounds of Fort Hunter Liggett. A ground search by law enforcement revealed that Carpenter was not in the vehicle. Carpenter’s vehicle was located near 3,300 feet. Despite extensive search Mr Carpenter remains missing.
Carpenter is described as an avid hiker in good physical shape with a passion for geology. He worked a number of years in law enforcement — retiring from the Morro Bay Police Department. Carpenter is known to have liked hiking with the family dog — including trails off Turri Road, the Irish Hills behind The Home Depot and the beach in Cayucos. Other local areas Carpenter enjoys hiking are Huasna, behind Lopez Lake or along Highway 1 between Cambria and Big Sur. Carpenter’s credit card hasn’t been used since he disappeared, and he doesn’t carry a cell phone. He disappeared once before, four years prior, and was found near the high-desert community of California City, disoriented and dehydrated.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
San Luis Obispo Police Department
San Luis Obispo News