North American Missing Persons Network
Karen Marie Mitchell

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Above Images: Left & Center: Mitchell, circa 1997
Far Right: Age-progressed to 30 (circa 2011)

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 25, 1997 from Eureka, Humboldt County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: November 30, 1980
  • Age: 16
  • Height: 5'5"
  • Weight: 130 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Sandy/Blonde
  • Eye Color: Blue/Green
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Pierced ears. Neck-length
    hair. May have her chin pierced (chin stud).
  • Clothing: Long-sleeved tan shirt, dark brown baggy-style
    corduroy pants and buckled tan leather shoes. Also carrying
    a Nalgene water bottle.
  • NCIC Number: M-078723261
  • Case Number: C979949
  • NCMEC Number: NCMC840753
  • Dentals: Available

  • Details of Disappearance
    Karen was last seen at approximately 2:45 p.m. on November 25, 1997, walking from the Bayshore Mall toward West Sonoma Street in Eureka, CA.

    A witness stated that Mitchell may have entered an unidentified 1976 - 1978 four-door sedan, which was possibly a Ford Grenada, Mercury Monarch or a Nissan. The vehicle is described as light blue in color, with California license plates and "Eureka" imprinted on the rear plate's frame. The driver of the car is described as a white male, approximately 60 to 70 years old, with balding light gray or sandy blonde hair. The unidentified man had green or gray eyes and a large-sized nose that appeared to have been previously broken. He had a small build and wore eyeglasses. The driver was wearing a long-sleeved button-down light blue shirt.

    Suspect Car
    Sketch of unidentified driver; Sketch of the driver and vehicle.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Eureka Police Department
    (707) 441-4060
    (707) 441-4044

    Source Information
    California Department of Justice
    National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Polly Klaas Foundation