North American Missing Persons Network
Jana Carpenter-Koklich

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Above Images: Carpenter-Koklich, circa 2001

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: August 20, 2001 from Lakewood, California.
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 1, 1960
  • Age: 41
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 130 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Half inch scar on
    her forehead. Dental x-rays are available.
  • Clothing: Unknown colored blouse and skirt.
  • Case Number: 01-1990013

  • Details of Disappearance
    Jana has not been seen since a friend dropped her off at the Koklich home in Lakewood on August 18, 2001, after attending a concert at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Jana was reported missing by her husband on August 20, 2001. She is the daughter of a former state senator.

    In March of 2004, Jana's husband, Bruce Koklich, was convicted to serve 15 years to life in the second-degree murder of his wife. Koklich and his wife shared a real estate office in Long Beach. According to prosecutors, Koklich waited two days after killing Jana Carpenter Koklich in August 2001 before reporting her missing. Her Nissan Pathfinder containing some of her blood was found in a high crime area on August 27, 2001; it had been left with its windows open and her purse, keys and gun inside. The missing woman's down pillow, along with sheets from the couple's bed and a towel were missing from their home; a feather consistent with the pillow was found in the Pathfinder. Prosecutors said Jana Carpenter-Koklich's failure to show up for appointments or return 19 calls showed she was already dead, since she was a typically reliable person. Koklich maintains his innocence.

    Another theory that was presented at Koklich's trial: A few weeks before her disappearance, the two had told a Long Beach police officer they knew about a "disturbing" call she had gotten at their home from a man who said, "Hi Jana, you know who this is. Call me".
    Her body has never been found.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department
    (562) 866-9061

    Source Information
    California Department of Justice
    Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office