Arlene Kazuko Tsuji
Tsuji, approximately 1991
Date reported missing : 10/24/1991
Missing location (approx) :
Missing classification : Endangered Missing
Gender : Female
DOB : 04/13/1966 (55)
Age at the time of disappearance: 25 years old
Height / Weight : 5'0, 103 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A long-sleeved hooded gray pullover sweatshirt, baggy black cotton short pants with cuffs, and possibly Walkman headphones.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Asian female. Black hair, brown eyes. Tsuji's left ear is pierced three times and her right ear is pierced twice. Some Age at the time of disappearance: ncies reverse her first and middle names, as in "Kazuko Arlene." She was born in Japan.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Tsuji was last seen on her daily walk in the Vienna Woods neighborhood near Cabrillo College in Aptos, California on the evening of October 24, 1991. She was seen talking to a man on Haas Drive at approximately 7:00 p.m. She never returned home and authorities believe she was abducted.
Searchers found a broken piece of plastic on Haas Drive, about half a mile from Tsuji's home; it was from Tsuji's Walkman headset. Authorities believe she may have known and trusted her kidnapper, as it would be uncharacteristic of her to go anywhere with a stranger.
She worked as an office clerk for a travel Age at the time of disappearance: ncy at the time of her disappearance and is described as a private person and a dependable employee who was close to her family. She graduated from Aptos High School and attended Cabrillo College afterwards. Foul play is suspected in her case, which remains unsolved.
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Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office
September 2021 updates and sources
Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office
The San Jose Mercury News
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5 October 12, 2004. March 14, 2019; Description, clothing, jewerly and more : updated.
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