Michael Dean Stephenson
North American Missing Persons Network
Michael Dean Stephenson

Above Images: Stephenson, circa January 1992

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: July 1, 1996 from Ojai, Ventura County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date Of Birth: March 30, 1952
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 6'5"
  • Weight: 290 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Brown
  • Eye Color: Brown
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Male
  • Medical Conditions: He is a diabetic and needs daily insulin injections.
  • Case Number: 96-11526
  • NCIC Number: M-946665216

  • Details of Disappearance
    ichael Stephenson, a Ventura resident, went camping in the Los Padres National Forest, in the area of Nettle Springs and Apache Canyon, near the Ventura-Santa Barbara county line, in the upper Ojai, area in early July 1996. This was a planned vacation from his job as a counselor at the Ventura based Turning Point Foundation, and Stephenson had told friends he would be staying at a cabin belonging to a friend in Apache Canyon. Days after Stephenson left on his trip, authorities found his truck in Nettle Springs, about eight miles east of California 33 on Apache Canyon Road. His gear was in his car and it appeared he was going for a day walk and then would return. He was reported missing July 20 and neither his parents nor authorities have heard from him since. Authorities do not suspect foul play.

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

    Source Information
    CA DOJ
    Los Angeles Times