Howard V. Gratteau

Above: Gratteau, circa 1986


Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: September 1, 1986 from Davie, Florida
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 21, 1947
  • Age: 39 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'4, 200 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes. Gratteau wears wire-rimmed eyeglasses. He has a tattoo on his right arm of a heart pierced with an arrow and the his wife's name, Rejane.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: An Arrow polo shirt, blue jeans, brown work boots, and a wedding ring with four diamonds.
  • Medical Conditions: Gratteau is a diabetic. He takes insulin by injection. He does not have his insulin with him and could go into diabetic shock without it.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Gratteau's wife and stepdaughter last saw him at 7:30 a.m. on September 1, 1986 in their apartment in the 6600 block of southwest 41st Street in Davie, Florida. He was employed as an air conditioning repairman at the time, and left the apartment to go out on a job in the Honey Lakes subdivision of Davie. He was supposed to return an hour later to go sailing off Fort Lauderdale Beach.

    Gratteau never arrived at his repair job and never returned home. He has never been heard from again and none of his accounts have been touched since his disappearance. His vehicle, a white 1985 Toyota pickup truck with novelty Florida license plates reading HOWARD2, is also missing. The truck has a white camper top and a B & H Air Conditioning logo on the sides.

    Gratteau's wife stated he was behaving normally when he left their home, except he left behind his watch, which he normally wore always. She said she believed her husband may have gone into insulin shock and had a car accident as a result. His case remains unsolved.


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


    Source Information
    The Doe Network
    The Miami Herald
    Florida Department of Law Enforcement


    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated August 29, 2007; casefile added.

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