George Penca Jr.
Penca, approximately 2011; Penca in the shirt he was wearing when he disappeared
Date reported missing : 06/17/2011
Missing location (approx) :
Yosemite National Park, California
Missing classification : Lost/Injured Missing
Gender : Male
DOB : 02/22/1981 (40)
Age at the time of disappearance: 30 years old
Height / Weight : 5'10 - 5'11, 230 - 240 pounds
Description, clothing, jewerly and more : A black tank top or a black t-shirt with the imAge at the time of disappearance: of a dog tag reading "D & B" on the front, gray sweatpants with a white stripe down the leg, and gray and blue sneakers. Carrying a blue cloth bag. Photos of Penca in that shirt is posted with this case summary.
Distinguishing characteristics, birthmarks, tattoos
: Caucasian male. Brown hair, blue eyes.
Information on the case from local sources, may or may not be correct : Penca was last seen in Yosemite National Park in California on June 17, 2011. He'd been hiking with a group of twenty people from his church. He was last seen getting water from Yosemite Creek at the top of Yosemite Falls.
The group went to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls at 2:40 p.m., then they dispersed, with plans to meet up later to hike back to Yosemite Valley. Penca didn't rejoin the group as arranged and has never been heard from again. He is presumed to have gotten lost or injured in the wilderness.
Other information and links : ncy
Yosemite National Park Service
September 2021 updates and sources
National Park Service
The Mammoth Times
California Attorney General's Office
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