North American Missing Persons Network
Joan Penderell Taylor

Above Images: Taylor, circa 2003

Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: November 25, 2003 from Arcata, California
  • Classification: Missing
  • Date Of Birth: August 14, 1940
  • Age: 63
  • Height: 5'7"
  • Weight: 135 lbs.
  • Hair Color: Blonde
  • Eye Color: Blue
  • Race: White
  • Gender: Female
  • Distinguishing Characteristics:
  • Medical Conditions: Depression, a compulsive disorder,
    and dementia.
  • Clothing: Green rain parka, green rain pants, silver
    colored Nike hiking boots.
  • Case Number: 2003-07852

  • Details of Disappearance
    Two days before Thanksgiving, Joan Taylor took a walk in the heavily wooded neighborhood surrounding her home near Eureka, apparently to pick some holly. She never returned. Sheriff's deputies have conducted two intensive searches and are planning another one.
    Joan is described by family members as exceedingly creative, well- read and witty.

    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Humboldt County Sheriffs Department
    (707) 445-7439

    Source Information
    California Department of Justice