Travis Jay Zwieg

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Top Row and Bottom Left: Travis, circa 1991;
Bottom Right: Age-progression to age 21 (circa 2009)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: March 10, 1991 from Riverside, California
  • Classification: Lost/Injured Missing
  • Date Of Birth: January 6, 1988
  • Age: 3 years old
  • Height and Weight: 3'0, 35 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian male. Brown hair, brown eyes.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A red sweatshirt, blue jeans, gray socks, white Gerber sneakers with a blue stripe and Mickey Mouse jockey shorts.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Travis was last seen by his father at about 10:30 a.m. on March 10, 1991. His father was repairing some chainsaws near their cabin in Riverside, California. Travis wandered into some bushes to relieve himself. When he did not return after ten minutes, his father went looking for him. He could not find him anywhere. Travis has never been heard from again.

    The cabin was located in a rural, mountainous area. Temperatures dipped below the freezing level in the week following Travis's disappearance. Rescue workers and helicopters with infared technology searched the terrain, but located no evidence indicating the child's whereabouts. After four days of searching, during which time there was a storm with snow, hail, and rain, authorities called off the search and declared that Travis could not have survived the weather conditions. The only possible evidence located in the mountains were shoe prints thought to belong to Travis, half a mile from where he was last seen. There were also marks consistent with sliding or dragging, and animal tracks. The tracks were originally thought to be from a mountain lion, but investigators later stated that they probably belonged to a large dog.

    The possibility of abduction was also looked into. Several people reported having seen a boy matching Zweig's description, but these sightings were never confirmed. His case is similar to that of Laura Bradbury, also three years old, who disappeared from Joshua Tree National Park in 1984. Some bone fragments were discovered in 1986 near the site of Bradbury's disappearance and were identified as hers in 1990. That case remains unsolved. Travis's parents both took polygraphs and were ruled out as suspects in their son's case. They have since divorced.

    Travis has never been located. His family hopes that he was abducted by someone who wanted to raise a child; if this is the case, he may not know he is a missing child. Travis resided in La Quinta, California at the time of his disappearance. He had an outgoing personality in 1991. His case remains unsolved.

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    Riverside County Sheriff's Department
    909-955-2450

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    Source Information
    California Attorney General's Office
    The Press Enterprise
    Mountain Lion Fact Sheet
    The Doe Network
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children

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    Updated 2 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated July 31, 2009; age-progression added.

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