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Disappeared: Michael Owen, missing 3 years. (FOUND!)


Update: This article was originally posted May 30, 2013. I have been told today (December 11, 2013) that Michael Owen was found alive and well. He is no longer a missing person and this is a happy ending to this case. Below you will see the text of the article as it originally appeared.

I will admit that the case of Michael “Mike” Owen caught my eye because, as you can see from the photos above, he appears to be a metalhead. Whether he is or not, he’s gone, and he’s been gone three years now without a trace.

Here is part of Charley Project’s writeup on Mike.

Owen left Bloomingdale, New Jersey on February 9, 2010, flying out of Newark Airport. He told his family he was going to live with some friends near Anaheim, California. Owen called home on May 9, 2010. This was the last time anyone heard from him. His current whereabouts are unknown. He was reported missing in August 2011, over a year after his disappearance.

The obvious question: did he make it to his friends’ place in Anaheim? We presume he did, but the information that’s available publicly is not that specific. I’m always puzzled by cases where it takes a long time to file a missing person’s report. In this case it was 15 months.

If you have seen Mike Owen–and if you had, you would probably remember him–please contact the Emmett Township Police at (269) 788-1760.


  1. I don’t understand it either — the long wait, I mean. A few days, maybe weeks, for an adult…but over a year?

    My brother dropped out of sight once for several days and my parents, especially my mother, were going into ten kinds of freakout over it. Mom was crying — I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve seen her cry — and convinced he was dead. He was about 23 or so. They didn’t report him missing, but only because he was on probation at the time and they were afraid that his disappearance would constitute a violation and send him to jail. He turned up safe and sound of course.

    • Agreed. There is a lot missing from this case report, probably something that would explain why the family didn’t report him missing. Just off the top of my head it seems there might have been some sort of break in the family–he told them he was leaving to go live with friends, perhaps he either wasn’t truthful about where he was staying or didn’t stay with them long, and the family assumed he was there when in fact he wasn’t. That’s the only scenario that makes sense to me.

  2. Friendly Anon

    Imagine my surprise when my room mate turned out to be on a missing person’s list when I googled his legal name. Sean, you’ve got a pretty good guess: he said where he was going, and was truthful about it, but didn’t bother keeping ties up with family. From what I gather, he doesn’t feel like there was much for him in NJ and where he is now is pretty comfortable. I do wish he would at least reach out and let his folks know he’s doing OK, but I also see why he’d want to just disappear entirely.

    15 months? Probably after his mom stopped getting correspondence and she got wiggy. Says a lot about someone when they think they can get the police to… what, steal her adult son back? I dunno. I’d like to have met her at some point.

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