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Missing Persons

Disappeared: Peter McColl, missing 18 years.

Peter John McColl. (Courtesy/McColl family)Peter John McColl. (Courtesy/McColl family)

Peter McColl, age 16, was a talented, intelligent young man and an honors student at Berkeley High School. Nearly 18 years ago, on August 28, 1995, Peter left his family’s house, supposedly (according to what he told his brother) to catch a bus into Berkeley where he planned to visit Cody’s Books, a very famous bookstore on Telegraph Avenue. Either something happened to him on the way to the bookstore, or he never went there at all. He vanished and has never been seen again.

Here’s some interesting information from Peter’s case file on Charley Project.

The driver of the AC Transit bus 43, near the corner of Redwood Road and 35th Street in Berkeley, claims Peter asked him directions to Montclair, California on the day of his disappearance. He appeared to have a prearranged meeting with an unidentified teenaged boy whom the bus driver also saw. The boy was 16 to 18 years old with blond hair, well-dressed, accented speech. The boy has never been identified and the bus driver’s sighting about Peter has not been confirmed. A cab driver claims he drove a young man fitting Peter’s description, and a teenaged girl with red-streaked hair, to the airport to catch a Southwest Airlines flight shortly after Peter disappeared. This sighting has not been confirmed either and inquiries at the airline have not turned up any relevant information.

Did Peter catch a bus? Or a Southwest Airlines flight? His alleged companions–the well-dressed blond boy and the girl with red hair–did they exist? Why haven’t they come forward?

Another strange, fascinating and sad case.

1 Comment

  1. Ambrosyna

    Did Peter catch a bus? Or a Southwest Airlines flight? His alleged companions–the well-dressed blond boy and the girl with red hair–did they exist?

    Yes, I do believe Peter caught a bus as was reported by the bus driver. The red head girl runs into him on the bus and they exchange brief words according to the bus driver. Yes, the red haired girl did exist and was a classmate of Peter’s.

    I don’t think there were any records or witnesses that Peter got onto an airplane, but who really knows? The taxi driver reported a girl with red hair that was riding along somebody who looked like Peter McColl on there way to SoCal for a party possibly that involved drugs. The taxi reported seeing a redheaded girl with a male that appeared to look like Peter McColl. The red headed girl went missing, but returned few days later. She said that the man she was with was not Peter.

    I dont know if investigators interviewed the red headed girl in both scenarios or if only Peter McColl’s sister t

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