Michael David Vanzandt

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Above Images: Vanzandt, circa 2016

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 5, 2016 from Hermosa Beach, California
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: January 17, 1980
  • Age: 36 years old
  • Height and Weight: 6'0, 190 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Blond hair, blue eyes. Vanzandt has the following tattoos: a small Buddha on his back, a tiger in a jungle scene on his upper left arm and shoulder and the name "KEATON" in descending letters on his left calf. His nickname is Mike.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A dark gray long-sleeved sweatshirt or sweater over a white shirt, blue jeans and shoes or boots.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Vanzandt was last seen at the American Junkie gastro pub on Piper Plaza in Hermosa Beach, California on March 5, 2016. He'd gone out for the night with friends, watched the Ultimate Fighting Championship fight and rented a room at the Quality Inn in the 900 block of Aviation Boulevard. Vanzandt and his friends were waiting to get into American Junkie at 10:15 p.m. when he walked to the liquor store next door and then walked out. This is the last time his friends saw him. Surveillance cameras showed him walking into the parking lot, towards the beach, at 11:30 p.m. He never went back to the hotel room and his friends were unable to reach him by cellular phone that night or the next day; he has never been heard from again. He left behind his car and personal belongings.

    Vanzandt is originally from Michigan and spent over a decade in the Air Force, making two tours of Iraq. He was assigned to Edwards Air Force Base at the time of his disappearance. He has three children and was in the process of a divorce from his wife of fourteen years at the time of his disappearance. Vanzandt enjoys swimming and scuba diving. He's described as a reliable man with no history of leaving without warning, but he has been known to swim at night, particularly after drinking. The circumstances of his disappearance are unclear.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Hermosa Beach Police Department
    310-318-0360

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    Facebook Page for Michael Vanzandt
    WILX 10
    The Los Angeles Times
    ABC 7
    NamUs
    Fox News

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    Updated 1 time since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated March 5, 2017; casefile added.

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