North American Missing Persons Network
Ornaith Murphy

Above Images: Ornaith Murphy, circa 2001

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: December 16, 2001 from Oakland, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 1, 1946
  • Age: 55
  • Height: 5'3"
  • Weight: 150 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Ornaith is a native of Ireland.
    She broke both of her legs in a 1992 car accident; the healed injuries
    may appear in an X-ray.
  • Medical Conditions: Ornaith suffers from arthritis and
    uses a cane to walk. She was reportedly depressed at the time
    of her disappearance.
  • NCIC Number: M-102086283

  • Details of Disappearance
    Ornaith was last seen December 16, 2001 aboard her vessel Sola III which was docked in Jack London Square. Ornaith is missing with her husband Kieran Murphy. Their sailing vessel has been missing since December 15, 2001 from Jack London Square in Oakland, CA. The vessel is white with blue trim and a 1980 39 foot Fiberglass auxillary sail boat named the Sola III. The vessel has a distinct emblem of a round dark blue circle with a grey swirl inside located on both the right and left sides.
    The two are in the process of getting a divorce because of that friends say they doubt that the two went on a sailing voyage together. They also faced a potentially costly lawsuit stemming from a fire in one of their Sacramento apartment.
    The Coast Guard checked with harbormasters throughout the state for any sign of the couple or Ornaith Murphy's sloop.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Oakland Police Department

    Source Information

    California Dept. Of Justice
    Oakland Tribune, The (CA) - December 28, 2001
    The San Francisco Chronicle - December 28, 2001
    The San Francisco Chronicle - December 29, 2001
    The San Francisco Chronicle - December 31, 2001
    The San Francisco Chronicle - January 19, 2002