Darren Christopher Smith
Smith, approximately 2003
Date reported missing : 01/20/2003
Missing location (approx) :
San Diego, California
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 10/20/1963 (57)
Age at the time of disappearance: 39 years old
Height / Weight : 5'11, 170 pounds
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, green eyes. Smith has a scar on his chin. His nickname is Dog.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Smith was last seen in San Diego, California on January 20, 2003. He is an experienced sailor who usually never ventured far from the San Diego coastline.
A friend noticed that Smith's boat, a 20-foot sloop, had been removed from its mooring at De Anza Cove about 12:45 p.m. on the day Smith was last seen. It was found later that same day adrift and in full sail configuration two miles off the La Jolla coastline. There was no sign of Smith at the scene and he has never been heard from again.
It is possible that he drowned, but if so, his remains have not been recovered.
Other information and links : ncy
San Diego Police Department
September 2021 updates and sources
California Attorney General's Office
North American Missing Persons Network
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