Richard Joseph Kemp

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Above: Kemp, circa 2009

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 19, 2009 from Orange County, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: June 13, 1951
  • Age: 58 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 185 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A white tank top and beige shorts.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Kemp was last seen at his home in Mission Veijo, California at 1:00 p.m. on June 18, 2009. The next day he boarded the Catalina Express Ferry, which left Dana Point Harbor at 7:45 a.m., bound for Avalon Harbor at Catalina Island. He spoke to his wife on the phone just before he got on the boat. There is no record of Kemp disembarking at Avalon, however, and he has never been heard from again. Some of his belongings were found on the boat, including his wallet, identification, cash, a cellular phone and a backpack containing clothes and personal items.

    Based on the theory that Kemp fell overboard, the Coast Guard conducted an extensive search of the ocean along the ferry's route. No sign of Kemp could be found, however. He left behind two grown sons. His disappearance is considered suspicious and remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Orange County Sheriff's Department
    714-647-7000

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    CBS 2
    Orange County Sheriff's Department
    The Orange County Register

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated December 26, 2009; casefile added.

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